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

We look forward to hosting another competition in 2018!


Jon Hanley

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