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Belco Community Credit Union Supports Young Entrepreneurs

Harrisburg, PA (01/23/18) – Belco Community Credit Union continues to support young entrepreneurs through the Business INCubation program at Big Spring High School. Belco recently assisted a student start-up business, Red, White and You, to realize their goal of purchasing inventory for the business endeavor.

Red, White and You is a business created by junior and senior students enrolled in the Business INCubation program. The student entrepreneurs developed a small business idea of selling patriotic t-shirts based on their strong passion for supporting active duty and veteran military personnel. A major component of their business plan was to offer apparel that was made in the United States. They took that effort a step further by forming a relationship and having the t-shirts printed by a local veteran-owned company, Gray Water Ops. The business plan also includes donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every shirt to an organization helping veterans.

The struggle for the students was generating interest in their product and plan without having apparel samples to show prospective customers. That’s where Belco Community Credit Union came in. The students pitched their idea and business concept to Belco management seeking a small donation to purchase inventory. Following the pitch program Belco invested a small monetary donation as “seed money” to be used to purchase inventory and help the business move forward. Since the purchase of inventory, the students have showcased and sold their t-shirts at two school related events, with plans to advance sales at events outside the school setting.

Belco has a student-run branch, the Bulldog Branch, which is located in Big Spring High School. Belco staff has been working with the Business INCubation program since its inception more than three years ago. Belco staff serve on the advisory committee, act as mentors and coaches for students and participate in the “pitch program” held once students have developed a business idea.

Pictured:

Red, White and You student entrepreneurs are wearing samples of the t-shirts sold by the student run business. Students include (l to r): Johnny Brookes, Job Pelete, Jordan Smith, and Hannah Washington.

Red White and You

About Belco Community Credit Union

Belco Community Credit Union was organized in 1939 as a federally chartered credit union, serving the employees of Bell Telephone Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Belco’s conversion to a state chartered credit union in 1997 opened the doors to expanding services to other businesses in Central Pennsylvania. Prior to receiving community charter approval in July 2005, Belco served a diverse group of more than 700 partner companies and organizations. Belco is a community chartered credit union that is open to businesses and anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry or York counties. Belco currently has more than 64,000 members and $585 million in assets, 14 branches, numerous ATM locations, and 24-hour account access through a telephone audio response system and online banking. For more information, visit Belco Community Credit Union on the web at www.belco.org or call (717) 232-3526 (Harrisburg Area) or (800) 642-4482.

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