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Up to 10 budding entrepreneurs are presenting their business plans to a panel of experts at Center for Retail Excellence’s Minnow Bucket on September 11, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. For the first time, this event will be open for the public to attend and support those presenting.

“We understand that fulfilling your dream to start a new business is an amazing accomplishment,” said Michelle Ellis Young, Director of Education, Retail Alliance Foundation. “At the Center for Retail Excellence, we want to make sure that the student entrepreneurs who go through our Certificate of Retail Operations (CROps) have the tools, resources and confidence needed to succeed with the launch of their business idea.”

Ellis Young continued, “The Minnow Bucket is an educational opportunity for these students to present their business plans to a small group of outside experts for review and feedback. It is the culminating assignment for successful completion of the course of study.”

Minnow Bucket events are held with three objectives in mind:

  • To provide participants the opportunity for an outside, objective evaluation of their business and the premise(s) on which they plan to build them.
  • To enable participants to participate in a “dry run” of presenting their business plans as they would in the “real world.”
  • To give specific feedback that will be helpful to participants in adjusting or modifying their business plans.

Event details:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Percolator – Granby Campus
Level 3, 259 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Food and refreshments will be provided

Visit our web page, https://retailalliance.com/events/minnowbucketnorfolk/ for details about the students, panelists and more on the Minnow Bucket.

Donations of food and/or beverages are also welcomed (or a tax deductive monetary donation!) – Please email ksibert@retailalliance.com.

The Retail Alliance Foundation operates cohorts throughout the Hampton Roads area and is currently facilitating cohorts in Norfolk and Gloucester. Prospective students interested in learning more about the program can contact Michelle Ellis Young at (757) 455-9319 or mellisyoung@retailalliance.com

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About Retail Alliance Foundation

The Retail Alliance Foundation develops and coordinates Retail Alliance’s educational and charitable efforts in support of existing and aspiring business owners.