For Immediate Release: October 29, 2013
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV- Glenville State College students Danny and Clair Gilbert are semi-finalists in the West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competition. The brother and sister duo submitted the innovation of ‘Gil’s Pit Beef’ Shack and will represent the contest’s Hospitality and Tourism category. The Gilberts want to bring ‘Baltimore-Style’ beef to West Virginia. A feasibility study for their idea was submitted on November 15th. The duo traveled to Marshall University for round two of the semi-finals on November 22nd.
Brother-sister team Danny and Clair Gilbert
“Being named semi-finalists demonstrates the quality, dedication, and passionate work of Clair and Danny characteristics all successful entrepreneurs possess. It has been gratifying seeing their excitement and growth in developing their business idea. Our Glenville participants have historically been competitive by being named semi-finalists in seven of the eight years of the competition,” said GSC Associate Professor of Vocational Business and Business Plan advisee Cinda Echard.
“I am very excited about being in this competition. We’ve seen how pit beef is a hit in Baltimore and are looking forward to bringing ‘Baltimore-Style’ beef to West Virginia. We want to start in Glenville and hope to spread throughout the state. What we learn in this competition will really help us get that accomplished,” said team captain Danny Gilbert.
“I joined Team Gilbert to help my brother start a new business venture. The competition will now get very rigorous, and it will take a lot of work to get our idea to reality. I’ve always been close to my family and want to be a part of Danny’s success in this competition and in opening Gil’s Pit Beef in Glenville and throughout West Virginia,” said supportive sister, Clair Gilbert.
Danny Gilbert is a junior Business/Sport Management major. Clair Gilbert is a junior Education/Secondary English major. Danny and Clair are the children of Tom and Kathy Gilbert of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia. The idea for ‘Baltimore-Style’ beef came after the family lived several years in Maryland before relocating to Glenville, West Virginia.
For more information about the West Virginia Statewide Business Plan or the progress of Danny and Clair Gilbert’s ‘Baltimore-Style’ Beef business plan idea, contact Cinda Echard at Cinda.Echard@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6257.