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home : news : lakelands & beyond July 19, 2019

6/5/2019 9:08:00 AM
WCTEL Hosts Freshwater Coast Community Foundation Business Plan Competition
Pictured (L-R): Shannen Foster, Junior at Dixie High School; J.D. Carter, Junior at Dixie High School; & Kalee Laflamme, Freshman at Crescent High School
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Pictured (L-R): Shannen Foster, Junior at Dixie High School; J.D. Carter, Junior at Dixie High School; & Kalee Laflamme, Freshman at Crescent High School

WCTEL hosted the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation(FCCF) business plan competition at their Abbeville Office. This event was planned, coordinated, and executed by Wilder Ferreira, Director of the Freshwater Coast Center for Rural Development. Competitors were comprised of 8 students from the local high schools who won their school business plan competitions.

Students were asked to present an 8-minute presentation displaying their unique business plans followed with questions from the judges. Kalee Laflamme, a freshman from Crescent High School, won first place with her innovative idea to provide daycare service combined with tutoring service to children under the age of 6. J.D. Carter, a junior from Dixie High School, won second place with his plan to provide sanitation services for homes that needs items sanitized with Clorox. And third place went to Shannen Foster, a junior at Dixie High School, with her idea of Foster’s Home Cleaning, a business to provide general home cleaning Services. Lunch and prizes were provided by WCTEL, first place won $500, second won $300, and third won $100. Judges were Jeff Wilson, CEO of WCTEL, Ben Calhoun, Business Consultant at SC-SBDC, Andy Timmerman, CEO & President at Abbeville First Bank, Dennis Stoll, Vice President at Stoll Industries, and Brad Evans, Chairman of FCCF. Jeff Wilson, CEO of WCTEL, stated “I was very impressed with the exceptional quality and tremendous amount of research and effort that was shown in each business plan. The students all portrayed business knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in whatever they do in the future.”

West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., a member owned cooperative, was formed in 1952 to provide basic telephone services to the unserved areas of Abbeville and McCormick counties, and the Starr and Iva areas of Anderson County, in South Carolina. Today the WCTEL family of companies provides wireline and wireless voice, data, video, security, and hosted business services over a fiber optic network in a four-county area in South Carolina. To find out more about West Carolina Tel, visit

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