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The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s High School Business Challenge is back for 2020!

The program encourages students in teams of 3-5 to create their own fictional, profitable and sustainable business plans.

Students from any Franklin County, Pa. high school can participate.

The Franklin County High School Business Challenge encourages students to create their own fictional, yet profitable and sustainable business plans.

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Students use both creative thinking and critical analysis skills to create plans for a sustainable socially and environmentally responsible businesses. The business must also be financially effective.

Area business leaders evaluate the business plans. Finalists pitch their plans at the Franklin County High School Business Challenge event in April 2020.

The top three highest scoring teams win scholarship dollars.

The Scenario

In today’s world, there is a new market for businesses that are socially responsible, environmentally conscious and economically viable. The Franklin County High School Business Challenge invites teams of student entrepreneurs to develop and pitch business plans. They must be sustainable enterprises they believe would meet the criteria, best serve the region and its residents, and financially succeed in Franklin County, Pa.

Each business proposal must address and embrace the principles of triple bottom-line sustainability: people, planet and profit.

Evaluation of the proposed plans determine which company could generate the largest and quickest return on investment, create the newest jobs in the region and operate in a socially impactful and environmentally conscious way.


The Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s Community Education Coalition evaluate the written business plans. Judging criteria will be based on:

  • Ingenuity shown in the selection of a business and target market
  • Thoroughness and completeness of the plan
  • Integration of triple bottom-line sustainability
  • Accuracy of the research provided.

Final judging and selection of the Challenge winner includes oral presentations. Teams pitching their proposals like on the TV show Shark Tan. A panel of local business leaders judge the competition.

Judges consider teams’ business plans, their overall proposal pitches and the way students respond to judges’ questions during presentations.

Details for Entering

Intent to participate forms are due Jan. 31, 2020. Finalist teams will compete against each other in “Shark Tank” style with a panel of judges in April 2020.

Prior Business Challenge Winners:

2018: Greencastle-Antrim High School: AssemBuild – Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Clare Hudak

2017: Greencastle-Antrim High School: Grean Bag – Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Nick Starkey, Austin Straley, Dylan Starkey

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