FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016
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Galveston Regional Chamber to Honor Young Entrepreneurs
GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the recipients of the First Annual George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year at an awards celebration, Friday, June 10, 7 – 10 pm, at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort.
The George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year program was developed to acknowledge outstanding achievement by area businesses.
This year’s recipients are Ryanne Duzich Culberson and Rosmond Duzich Thormahlen, owners of Farley Girls; and Dennis Byrd, CEO of Island Famous. These talented entrepreneurs, who built their hospitality companies from the ground up, have shown exemplary business acumen and have earned solid reputations in the community for quality product and exceptional service.
The first of its kind in Texas, the Ball High School IncubaTOR Program offers students the opportunity to collaborate in a technology driven workspace to create a business service or product. Members of the professional business community serve as problem solving mentors and offer guidance for the teams to pitch their business concepts to a board of investors at the end of the year for real funding. The GISD program partners with the Galveston Educational Foundation and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce to broaden the student’s business education and networking opportunities.
Cera Farringer and Carl Jacob, Jr. , IncubaTOR winners, developed their company, Social Blender, as members of the Ball High School program. Social Blender is a unique application that effectively combines multiple social media platforms into one convenient feed designed to save time, simplify usage and add overall convenience. The team created an investment package to launch the company as part of the overall program.
Lemonade Day Galveston County is part of a national program for youth of all ages designed to introduce entrepreneurs to building their own business through a lemonade stand. Students learn to set a goal, make a plan and to work toward success. The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by President Gina Spagnola, registered 1,000 students county-wide, who built and manned their own lemonade stands, drafted business plans, and completed final reports. Regional businesses sponsored the program, hosted lemonade stands, and served as mentors to the young entrepreneurs.
“Lemonade Day is an amazing program that introduces kids to business in a way that they can understand and builds their self esteem for future ventures. It is also one of the most gratifying projects that the Chamber, as an advocate for small business has the opportunity to offer. We are most grateful to the businesses and mentors that make Lemonade Day such a success,” stated Spagnola.
Winners of Lemonade Day Galveston County 2016 are Trysten Pearson and Nathaniel Twohatchett, both students at Odyssey Academy, Galveston Campus. Serving as their community mentor was Leonard Woolsey, publisher of The Galveston County Daily News. The name of their business was ‘Shaken Lemonade – On the Rocks’; their goal is to raise Epilepsy awareness around the world and their dream is to establish a Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Galveston County. The Lemonade Day barons raised $1,500 that they plan to contribute to the Epilepsy Foundation Texas – Houston and UTMB’s Epilepsy Fund.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has been promoting and advocating for business and community development since 1845; the first Chamber of Commerce in the State of Texas. Members are kept informed of activity and opportunities in the regional business community, are offered educational seminars and workshops designed to enhance business skills, and valuable connections with potential new customers and clients. Members are represented at all levels of government through ongoing pro-active business legislation and are a partner in shaping the future of the business community.
The George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards, presented by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, honoring Ryanne Duzich Culberson , Rosmond Duzich Thormahlen, Dennis Byrd, Cera Farringer, Carl Jacob, Jr., Trysten Pearson and Nathaniel Twohatchett, is Friday, June 10, 7 – 10 pm, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. The event includes award presentations and dinner. Business attire.
Tickets to the event are $100 Chamber members, $150 Future Members, Reserved table of 10, $1500. Complimentary Parking. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.