Sequoyah Fund

HCC Student Wins Business Plan Competition…Again!

For the second year in a row, Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center has worked with full-time curriculum students to prepare them for the Sequoyah Fund Community College Business Plan Competition. The Sequoyah Fund hopes to encourage and reward financially
students who aspire to start businesses in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina (Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham) and the Qualla Boundary. A $10,000 award is given for the winning business plan.

Students have the benefit of one-on-one, confidential counseling and business resources as do all SBC clients. Additionally, if they are enrolled in the REAL course (Bus 280), business planning is the coursework and REAL certified instructors work in tandem with the Small Business Center for the success of the students. Such is the case with the Sequoyah Fund winners in the following examples:

Last year, 2009-2010, the Small Business Center worked with
18 students in preparation for this competition. Five of those students completed full business plans and entered the competition. HCC had a winner with David Nestler, a Professional Crafts student who won for his business, Tree of Life Wookworks, LLC.

This year, 2010-2011, the Small Business Center helped to prepare 16 students for the Sequoyah Fund contest. Seven students submitted full business plans and HCC again had a winner with Dustin Cornelison, Welding student who won for his business, Sustainabillies.