Business Plan Competition

1st Annual West Virginia 

High School Business Plan Competition

Hosted by the College of Business & Economics

West Virginia University 

BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Rules and Regulations 


Prize: (1) $10,000 scholarship

Eligibility: Open to all junior and senior students attending high school in the state of West Virginia as well as all technical and vocational schools in the state. Teams may consist of one to three members.

Entry: Create a Team (1-3 members) – Students may only submit one proposal per year.

The proposal must be:

 3 pages maximum

 Cover Page (not counted in the 3 pages)


Include: Team Name (no names)

 Double spaced, 12 pt. font

 Submitted electronically, on-line (PitchBurner)

 The student team leader will submit the business plan on the web site

 Name file: “YourTeamName_proposal.”

 Must be saved and submitted as a PDF file*

 First submission due November 15, 2013


Business Plans should include the following information:

 Company description

 Product/service description

 Competitive Differentiation

 Customer and market analysis, including market size and potential customers

 Competitor Analysis


Judges from each region will then evaluate each submission based on a 100 point rubric. The ten (10) finalists, (top scores from each RESA region, plus next 2 highest scores) will advance to the final competition. Finalists will be announced December 16, 2013.

Coaching and Workshop 

Finalists from each district will be paired with a business coach (volunteer) from December finalist announcement through the end of the competition. The coach will mentor and support the students in developing a complete business plan for their idea. This person can be a teacher or business leader in the community of that region.


Teams will turn in their final business plan March 3, 2014.

 Final Business Plan must be 12-15 pages

 Double spaced , 12 pt. font

 Include Cover Page

 Submissions will be done by team leaders on-line

 Must be saved and submitted as a PDF file*


Final judges will be able to grade business plans using the dada management system before they attend the final competition. Final competition held at WVU in Morgantown, WV in the Mountainlair March 22, 2014. Secondary schools will be responsible for providing transportation and hotel rooms for out of town students and judges.

West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition 


Saturday, March 22, 2014 

West Virginia University Mountainlair

3:00 p.m. Opening remarks


3:15 p.m. Competition Begins

10 Minute Presentations 5 Minute Q&A

5:45 p.m. Break

6:00 p.m. Award $10,000 Scholarship


Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Assistant Director

Office of Secondary Learning

Instructional Materials

Social Studies

Youth Leadership

Youth Leadership:

West Virginia’s annual high school Youth in Government Student Legislature and Supreme Court at the Capitol is April 25 – 27, 2014.  Registrations are now being accepted.  The program welcomes students from every high school.  YLA staff will assist so teachers and students have a successful experience.  Contact YLA at 304-675-5899 or

See Attachments

2014 WVYG Officer Promotional Sheet

YLA WV YG Summary

Golden Horseshoe Play

“Golden Horseshoe,” a musical celebration of West Virginia’s history and heritage. Performances are at the beautifully-restored Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown, Oct. 24 – 26 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. TICKETS:

“Golden Horseshoe” is about a father helping his son study West Virginia history while coping with the recent death of his own father. The story unfolds in fun, musical, historical scenes in the son’s imagination–they visit John Brown, Stonewall Jackson, and many other important people and places from West Virginia’s history. By reconnecting with his heritage, the father eases the pain of his own father’s passing and forges a strong bond with his son.

“Golden Horseshoe” is funny and touching, entertaining and uplifting, exciting for the whole family. If you’re proud of your West Virginia heritage, or if you came from somewhere else but love your new home among the hills, “Golden Horseshoe” will be an evening of laughter and tears, nostalgia and pride.

WHAT: Golden Horseshoe, the musical
WHERE: The Metropolitan Theatre, 363 High St., Morgantown, WV
WHEN: Thurs. Oct. 24 – Sat. Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. / Sun. Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

If you come to the Thursday show, please also come to our Opening Night Celebration, 6:30 p.m. at Arts Monongahela. Miss West Virginia 2013 Miranda Harrison and local and state leaders are attending. Admission to the pre-show celebration is free, but space is limited. Please respond to reserve a place at the celebration.

Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Assistant Director

Office of Secondary Learning

Instructional Materials

Social Studies

M. L. King, Jr. Essay Contest


YWCA Wheeling is proud to announce the 2014 Project on Racism Essay Contest, also known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.  The Project on Racism Essay Contest honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while encouraging students’ creativity through essay writing.   The YWCA Wheeling is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


One of the most important responsibilities of living in a democracy is voicing one’s ideas.  Please encourage your students to lend their voices through this essay contest.  Everyone who participates is a winner!


If you have any questions about the 2014 Project on Racism Essay Contest, please contact us at 304-232-0511



                                                                                          Rita Gupta

                                                                                          CDCO Director


See attachment for more information:

MLK Essay Contest Final


Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Assistant Director

Office of Secondary Learning

Instructional Materials

Social Studies