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Foundation announces 2019 Biz Kid$ Entrepreneur Contest winners
Monday, April 1, 2019 2:30 PM

The votes have been tallied, and a winner has been selected in the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation’s Biz Kid$ Entrepreneur Contest. GECU and its partnering school, Sageland Elementary School, won for Scottie Teacher Services.

Let by Adrian Stevens, the students’ unique idea offers a service to busy teachers. Scottie Teacher Services will assist teachers for a small fee with tasks and errands. Most teachers spend time after hours, decorating their classrooms, grading papers, and cleaning and organizing. This service will allow teachers to focus on more demanding tasks and spend more with their families.

What truly sets them apart from other entrepreneurs is their mission to set aside their profits to assist their classmates. Over 75 percent of the students at Sageland Elementary School are economically disadvantaged, and 100 percent receive a free or reduced lunch. Students at their campus wear clothes that no longer fit, have beat up shoes, and do not have jackets. The money made through these services will be used for those with the greatest needs.

A special thank you to the following credit unions for participating in this year’s contest, partially funded by the Friends of Consumer Freedom:

  • FirstLight Federal Credit Union
  • GECU
  • Houston Highway Credit Union
  • Muskogee Federal Credit Union
  • Patterson Federal Credit Union
  • People’s Trust Federal Credit Union
  • Resource One Credit Union
  • Texas Bridge Credit Union
  • Unity One Credit Union

Select classrooms worked with their partner credit unions to create a complete business plan, and then presented those plans to an impartial local panel of judges. Only one presentation from each credit union could be submitted for the final competition.

As the winner, the Sageland Elementary School class will receive a classroom celebration of their choice, a celebratory banner for the classroom, and a beautiful award for the teacher.

Educator Adrian Stevens will also receive a $250 gift card. GECU will receive a $1,440 grant to purchase Biz Kid$ box set DVDs for schools in their area.

“We are thrilled with the continued success of this program," said Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran. "Students, educators, and credit unions collaborated in a meaningful way, and drawing on each other’s strengths, all classrooms came up with creative and detailed business plans. I’m confident this experience made an impression on students and having gone through this exercise, they have a better sense of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Perhaps more notably, they understand how important it is as a consumer and small business owner to have that credit union relationship.”