For Immediate Release: March 28, 2014
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV- Two Glenville State College students are finalists in the West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competition. Danny and Clair Gilbert of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia will compete in the contest’s hospitality and tourism category. The brother and sister team entered Gil’s Beef Shack business idea entry as a way for them to bring Baltimore-style beef to the Mountain State.
“It was an honor to be chosen as a finalist. We are very excited to represent Glenville State College and hope to impress the judges in April,” said Danny Gilbert.
“We are genuinely excited we have made it to the finals. We are determined to put together an excellent final presentation and business plan that we hope will prove to the judges that we should be the winners for our category,” said Clair Gilbert.
The previous phase of the competition helped prepare the contestants for the finals. They took a three-hour online credit class about entrepreneurship through West Virginia University, attended a hands-on workshop, and received a $1 thousand stipend. They also received guidance from a professional coach throughout the process.
“I grew up in Glenville and am thrilled Danny and Clair like living here now too. The acceptance they’ve received from GSC students and the support they’ve received from their professors are wonderful. This collegiate business plan competition provides an excellent opportunity to develop Gil’s Pit Beef with help from experts turning a great idea into a reality where West Virginians will enjoy a new place to get fresh Maryland-style fast food!,” said Clair and Danny’s Mother, Kathy Gilbert, who is the GSC Assistant Coordinator of Off-Campus Programming.
In addition to the Gilberts’ Hospitality & Tourism category, there are two other categories; Lifestyle & Innovation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), which is new this year. Each of the three categories has up to five teams or individuals competing for the $10 thousand grand prize.
The final round of the competition will be held on Friday, April 4th at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. The teams will have 15 minutes to present their plans and prototypes to the panel of 10 professional judges. A ten-minute question and answer session will follow. After the conclusion of all the presentations, there will be a dinner, a reception, and the awards ceremony.
Danny Gilbert is a junior business/sports management major. Clair Gilbert is a junior education/secondary English major. They are the children of Tom and Kathy Gilbert of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia. The business idea resulted from the family living several years in Maryland before relocating to West Virginia a few years ago.
For more information about the West Virginia Statewide Business Plan or the Gilberts’ progress, contact GSC Associate Professor of Vocational Business Cinda Echard at Cinda.Echard@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6257.