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StartUp Raiders: Rappahannock High School’s class of future business owners

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

Bryan Byrd, owner of Byrd’s Seafood, Irvington, VA. speaks to class of entrepreneurs at Rappahannock High School.

Joy Corprew, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Warsaw, takes the SBDC’s business start up services on the road to RHS’s entrepreneur class. Monday, April 3, 2017, Rappahannock High School’s (RHS) entrepreneur class got useful words of advice from area business owners. Brent Brown, business instructor at RHS, teaches his signature class called “StartUp Raiders.” For eight weeks, through a partnership with SBDC, Brown’s students are presented a series of mini-trainings or lectures, vital to anyone considering starting a business. Topics include: startup stories, idea creation, business model canvass, speed canvassing, professionals who make life easier, cash flow management and pitch development. The eight sessions end with each student given an opportunity to pitch his or her case in a pre-formatted manner.
Corprew lines up guests that are business owners who can share real-life tips on everything from how to decide on a business to firing employees. The panel of guests in the April 3 session included, Sara Carroll, owner of Cuddlebugs Child Development Center, Warsaw; Lisa Hull, co-owner of Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc., Wicomico Church; Bryan Byrd, owner of Byrd Seafood Co., Weems and Jill White, co-owner of TJ’s Dairy Barn, Burgess.

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