With the largest turnout to date, nearly 150 students from multiple area middle and high schools participated in the competition, an event similar to a science fair, but instead of projects like the perennial baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano experiment, students devised hypothetical businesses complete with detailed plans and presentations to judges.
The Cherokee Nation Commerce Department sponsored the event. Veronica Hix, entrepreneur development manager for the Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center, was the event’s organizer.
“The Small Business Assistance Center is thrilled that so many students and schools participated in this event. We hope that through their participation these young people will consider small business as an alternative career choice or as a way to supplement their income someday,” Hix said.