On May 14th, 2019, students from Whitehorse High School presented their newly formed businesses to a panel of judges in hopes of receiving a cash prize. The judges included:
Andy Platt, Assistant Director of Office of Economic Development, San Juan County;
Leslie Haven Law: Manager, Wells Fargo Bank;
Cheryl Bowers: Blanding City Council and CFO of the San Juan Foundation; and
Margie Dee: Shiprock Regional Business Development Manager, Navajo Nation.
The five businesses were formed in Whitehorse High School’s entrepreneurship course, which was created as a part of the Talent Ready Utah grant awarded to Indigo Impact Initiative in August 2018. Students have been working diligently to create their own products and business plans. Last month, each business participated in a “Sell Day,” where products were sold to classmates and community members and their first ever profits were made.
Five awards, ranging from $500 to $2,000, granted by the Northern Arizona University’s Alliance Bank Economic Policy Institute’s Center for Indian Economic Development. The students will use their awards to expand their businesses this summer.