Members of Birmingham's banking and financial community will come together to help judge a competition featuring some of the city's youngest entrepreneurs next week.
Matt Campbell of BBVA Compass, Isaac Cooper of Boundary Stone Financial, LLC, Lee Ann Petty of Regions Bank, Sunny Slaughter of Sunny Slaughter Consulting and Chad Trull of HospiceLink will make up the panel of judges for Junior Achievement's Business Plan Challenge on May 3, 2016 at RSM US LLP.
Finalists from six area high schools will be given 15 minutes to present their full business plans of the company they have created to the panel of judges. There is $8,000 in scholarship funds up for grabs.
The finalists are: Hoover High School - Spencer Hurst (Bamboo), William Judy (Twist-It), and the team of James Aguirre and Jarrett Anthony (Kreative Threads); Hewitt-Trussville High School - Jarred Turnbow (Put It Down), the team of Carlee Bennett and Emily Leonard (ConnectPG); Huffman High School - the team of Akira Bell and Saniya Widerman (Sugar & Spice).
"The Junior Board of JA of Alabama works diligently to raise funds in support of these future entrepreneurs," said Robbie Martin, chairperson of Junior Achievement's Junior Board. "Both JA and the business leaders that are involved in the competition have such an impact on the students, and we love seeing that."
From April 28 - May 2, the public can vote for the People's Choice winner on Facebook by liking the commercials each business has created, https://www.facebook.com/JAofAlabama/.