2017 Forza Financial Business Plan Competition

In April Forza Financial successfully hosted our first ever High School Business Plan Competition at the Ferguson Center on the University of Alabama Campus. We exceeded our expectations with 11 teams, a total of 31 students, completing a formal written business plan. After pitching their ideas to our judges, the following teams placed:

1st place ($500 prize)- Prop-Smith Cosplay; Lawson Hill; The Capitol School

2nd place – Bee Box; Tristion Gilmore, Griffin Fishel, and Maya Sample; The Capitol School

3rd place – Xceptional Creationz; Madison Horton; Paul W. Bryant High School

Lawson, who took home the first place trophy, started designing and creating his own costumes for Comic-Con and other related events when he was in elementary school and recently turned his hobby into a profitable custom costume creation service. He was awarded $500 to put towards his business efforts.

We would like to give special thanks to Monica Rodgers and LaDara Lee for encouraging their studentsĀ at The Capitol School and Paul W. Bryant, respectively, to participate. In addition, we would like to thank Ms. Tommie Syx and Dr. Ying Qin for volunteering to serve as judges.

Lawson Hill, the winner of the competition, posing with Forza Financial officers Jon Hanley and Fig Stallings.

Several Forza Financial employees, along with the volunteer judges, pose with Lawson.

Lawson Hill of the Capitol School poses with his Economics teacher, Monica Rodgers.

Lawson Hill with his parents.

Ms. Tommie Syx and Dr. Ying Qin both volunteered to head our panel of judges.

Lawson presenting his company, Prop-Smith Cosplay.

Ben Leonard and Lawson Hill pose with part of Lawson’s custom-made costume.

The company known as “Bee Box”, comprised of Tristion Gilmore, Griffin Fishel, and Maya Sample, earned second place with their environment-friendly idea to sell portable beehives.

Madison Horton, of Paul W. Bryant High School, presents her cosmetics company, Xceptional Creationz, to the judges. Horton finished in 3rd place.

Madison Horton shows off her custom cosmetic products.

Forza CEO Maggie Dowling (far left) and other employees add up the final scores.

 

 

Jon Hanley

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