Riverhead students pitch business enterprise concepts on ‘Chamber Tank’

The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and Riverhead Superior School are teaming up to create “Chamber

The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and Riverhead Superior School are teaming up to create “Chamber Tank,” a variation on the well known Television set exhibit “Shark Tank.”

Students can pitch business proposals to business owners in the chamber, some of whom are Riverhead Significant College alumni.

The students have a probability to gain income prizes of $500 and possibly much more, according to Bob Kern, the president of the Riverhead Chamber who will also serve as a coach.

The competitiveness is digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s like ‘Shark Tank’ for pupils,” Mr. Kern reported. “Entrepreneurs make shows to effective people to attempt and get them to invest.”

Board member Dean Del Prete first advised the notion at a chamber conference. He’s a founding member of Cousins Paintball as very well as an operator of Prolonged Island Sporting activities Park, both of which are in Calverton.

“I blurted out at a meeting that we should really do some thing like ‘Shark Tank’ and everybody explained it was a very good concept,” Mr. Del Prete reported in an job interview. He later on put the idea in creating and sent it off to Mr. Kern and chamber government director Liz O’Shaughnessy and to school officers.

Mr. Del Prete bought to be the to start with chamber member to go right before the young children on March 10.

“It was wonderful,” he claimed. “We seriously didn’t know what to assume. It was not so a lot about proposals as it was about mentoring and coaching the pupils.”

Diana LaSpina, a small business teacher at the high university, claimed the students and school community are “extremely grateful” for the possibility get the job done together with the chamber.

“We are so psyched to be possessing weekly coaching periods with area business leaders,” she stated. “This is an excellent partnership and we are hunting forward to constructing a excellent romance with the Chamber of Commerce.”

Mr. Del Prete claimed he by no means went to faculty and under no circumstances experienced a occupation the place he was doing work for somebody else, other than household members.

“I experienced my very own business enterprise at age 18,” he explained.

Glenn Vickers, the operator of MRV Team, LLC in Riverhead, coached the pupils March 17.

“It was fantastic,” he reported.

The learners requested thoughts about how to get a thought or an thought and convert it into a actuality, he reported.

“They experienced thoughts about capital or about knowledge the sector,” he said. “It’s fantastic to have an idea, but do you comprehend your market place or if there is a market for your product?”

The college students satisfy their mentor each individual week on Wednesdays.

“Students can form their personal groups or occur up with an creation, or they can aid with a business enterprise system and create a business enterprise,” claimed Mr. Kern. “We’re receiving businesses engaged with the university. It is actually been a entertaining program.”

In addition to Mr. Del Prete and Mr. Vickers, other Chamber customers who will mentor the learners are Tommy McFeely of Incredibly hot Yoga in Carle Put and Merrick, who is also a income agent at Panache Actual Estate Frederick Wilkinson, the proprietor of Eco Thoroughly clean Force Washing and Spray Foam Insulations in Riverhead Diont’e Brown, the proprietor of She’s Fairly Uncommon Boutique, as perfectly as a photographer and world wide web designer Joanna Messina, the general public relations and advertising supervisor for Hampton Coffee Corporation and Mr. Kern, who is the proprietor of 2X2, LLC, a marketing and advertising and branding consulting business. He’s a member of Riverhead Town’s Industrial Improvement Company and Agricultural Advisory committee, and he’s a prospect for Town Board in the tumble.

Mr. Wilkinson, Ms. Brown, and Ms. Messina are all graduates of Riverhead Higher College.

The coaching periods will all be accomplished practically but the awards ceremony will just take put April 27 at the Residence Inn on Route 58, according to Ms. O’Shaughnessy. A livestream of the ceremony will be produced available.

The levels of competition is currently being sponsored by M&T Financial institution Riverhead Constructing Provide East Finish Divorce Setting up KL Prosperity Methods, LLC, Mr. Wilkinson and the Home Inn LI East Conclusion, Ms. O’Shaughnessy stated.