Gracie, a student from Stephen Central Elementary School, competed in the Be Your Own Boss contest put on by Huron County Economic Development last year. On March 21st, she presented a one-minute live pitch to an audience of local leaders, entrepreneurs, and community members, and won!
Gracie saw an opportunity to help her school by pitching a business plan to grow and sell her own vegetables, with a plan to donate 25 per cent of her earnings to her school’s snack program.
With her winnings from the contest she bought seeds and got to work as soon as possible. She planted a variety of vegetables and planned to tend to them throughout the summer. Unfortunately sometimes things don’t go according to plan…
Gracie and her family went away one weekend and when they got back Gracie saw that Racoons had made their way into her garden, and a serious lack of rain made it really hard for everything to grow properly. She was devastated, but she didn’t give up and was able to push on in the face of adversity.
Using zucchinis from her garden that survived mother nature and the hungry raccoons, Gracie and her grandmother made zucchini relish which Gracie sold to her family. In addition, Gracie wanted to follow through with her promise to support the Stephen Central School Nutrition program so she made a presentation to Middlesex Mutual Insurance company asking them to help her raise money for her to give back to her school.
The president and CEO was so impressed with Gracie’s efforts that the company donated $120 on top of the $80 from the zucchini relish for a grand total of $200 for her school’s nutrition program!
Congratulations, Gracie, we are all very proud of your determination and your accomplishments.