The Chamber wishes to congratulate the Young Entrepreneurs that presented their business plans and asked for start-up funding at the Investor Panel on March 11th. This year’s Saunders Scholar, Madelyn Swelstad, is our youngest Student/CEO and a student at Caprock Academy. A beekeeper, she has created a line of lip balms with interesting flavors such as mojito, chocolate mint and Moscow mule that she markets through her company, Mad Lips. She and a parent will be traveling to Phoenix to compete for up to $50,000 of scholarship funds in May.
Jacqueline Cole, a Grand Junction High School senior and owner of Weighted Comfort, was the first ever winner of a $500 shopping spree at our local Sam’s Club, a new element to the program due to a nationwide partnership with Sam’s Clubs.
We also salute:
- Michael Ash, owner of Canyon View Rentals, a 13 year old student in the East Challenge Program.
- Katie Hartter, the owner of Perfect Pouches and a 12 year old home school student.
- Andrea Chamorro, owner of Bright Tees, a 10th grade student in the International Baccalaureate Program at Palisade High School.
- Megan Garchar, owner of Inspeyered, a business that creates custom artwork. She is a junior at Fruita Monument High School.
- Dean VanWinkle, a sophomore at Fruita Monument High School owns VanWinkle Enterprises, a cattle operation.
- Lindsey Garchar, owner of Clutter Crusher, a personal organizing service and is 14 years old.
- Kohl Hagee, owner of KamelKoozie, a product to help keep your liquids cool while you play outdoors and attends the Fruita 8-9 school.
These students will be displaying and selling their products and services at the April 28th Business After Hours located at Callahan Edfast.