Featured: Valley Credit Union Boosts Opportunities for High School Entrepreneurs

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Valley Credit Union

April 14, 2022

Are you interested in watching some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds from our local high school pitch their business ideas? Mark you calendars and plan to attend The Hive starting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Babcock Theatre in downtown Billings.

Hosted by Valley Credit Union (Valley), The Hive will feature eight (or so) high school students who will compete against each other as they pitch their business ideas to a panel of local businesspeople. At stake is real money – Valley will be awarding $5,000 to first place to assist with startup costs. Northern Hotel will be awarding $1,500 to the second and $1,000 to third-place finishers. Plus, the Supporting Sponsors* will be donating resources as well.

“Valley Credit Union wants to get behind our local high school students who are interested in running their own business one day. We love the opportunity to turn that dream into reality by awarding the winning business a cash prize, and we’re hoping to make this an annual event.” ” said Brandon Scala, Valley’s SVP of Business Development.

The competing students are all taking an Entrepreneurial Class at Senior, Skyview or the Career Center. During the semester, they’ve started a business, come up with a business plan, marketed their business, sold their products at pop-up events, and so much more! During The Hive, each student will have five minutes to talk about their business to a panel that includes representatives from Valley Credit Union, Northern Hotel, AD Creative, Art House Billings, and Montana State University of Billings.  Afterwards, there will be five minutes of questions asked from the panel.

Winners will be announced at the end of the event! Prizes also include a years membership to both the Billings Chamber of Commerce & Rock 31 and logo/marketing help from AD Creative

About Valley Credit Union

Since 1949, Valley Credit Union has proudly served citizens within its communities, which now includes 30 counties across Montana and Wyoming. From the beginning, the credit union was founded on the promise to provide accommodating, personalized service, as well as top-notch financial services to its members. Those founding principles are the same driving force that still directs its mission today. 

For more information about Valley Credit Union, visit www.valleyfcu.com