Riverhead pupils pitch business concepts on ‘Chamber Tank’

The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and Riverhead High Faculty are teaming up to deliver “Chamber Tank,” a variation on the well known Television set clearly show “Shark Tank.”

Students can pitch company proposals to enterprise owners in the chamber, some of whom are Riverhead Substantial University alumni.

The pupils have a chance to gain dollars prizes of $500 and quite possibly much more, according to Bob Kern, the president of the Riverhead Chamber who will also provide as a coach.

The level of competition is virtual because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s like ‘Shark Tank’ for learners,” Mr. Kern said. “Entrepreneurs make displays to prosperous folks to check out and get them to make investments.”

Board member Dean Del Prete initially prompt the thought at a chamber meeting. He’s a founding member of Cousins Paintball as well as an proprietor of Prolonged Island Athletics Park, both of which are in Calverton.

“I blurted out at a meeting that we must do something like ‘Shark Tank’ and all people mentioned it was a great strategy,” Mr. Del Prete explained in an interview. He later put the strategy in creating and sent it off to Mr. Kern and chamber government director Liz O’Shaughnessy and to university officers.

Mr. Del Prete got to be the to start with chamber member to go prior to the young ones on March 10.

“It was magnificent,” he said. “We genuinely didn’t know what to be expecting. It was not so significantly about proposals as it was about mentoring and coaching the learners.”

Diana LaSpina, a business trainer at the substantial faculty, said the pupils and college group are “extremely grateful” for the possibility work alongside the chamber.

“We are so psyched to be getting weekly coaching periods with community business leaders,” she mentioned. “This is an great partnership and we are looking forward to constructing a wonderful partnership with the Chamber of Commerce.”

Mr. Del Prete claimed he hardly ever went to school and in no way experienced a career where by he was functioning for an individual else, other than relatives members.

“I experienced my personal small business at age 18,” he said.

Glenn Vickers, the proprietor of MRV Team, LLC in Riverhead, coached the learners March 17.

“It was great,” he said.

The students asked inquiries about how to consider a concept or an strategy and flip it into a actuality, he mentioned.

“They experienced queries about funds or about understanding the market place,” he explained. “It’s excellent to have an concept, but do you realize your sector or if there is a sector for your item?”

The students fulfill their mentor every single 7 days on Wednesdays.

“Students can sort their have groups or occur up with an creation, or they can support with a small business prepare and create a small business,” explained Mr. Kern. “We’re getting companies engaged with the faculty. It is truly been a enjoyable application.”

In addition to Mr. Del Prete and Mr. Vickers, other Chamber associates who will coach the pupils are Tommy McFeely of Warm Yoga in Carle Position and Merrick, who is also a gross sales agent at Panache Genuine Estate Frederick Wilkinson, the proprietor of Eco Clean Pressure Washing and Spray Foam Insulations in Riverhead Diont’e Brown, the operator of She’s Very Uncommon Boutique, as nicely as a photographer and web designer Joanna Messina, the general public relations and advertising and marketing supervisor for Hampton Coffee Organization and Mr. Kern, who is the owner of 2X2, LLC, a marketing and branding consulting firm. He’s a member of Riverhead Town’s Industrial Development Company and Agricultural Advisory committee, and he’s a candidate for City Board in the fall.

Mr. Wilkinson, Ms. Brown, and Ms. Messina are all graduates of Riverhead Significant University.

The coaching periods will all be accomplished just about and the task displays will be performed by way of livestream on April 27. An awards ceremony will be May possibly 11 at the Home Inn on Route 58, according to Ms. O’Shaughnessy.

The levels of competition is staying sponsored by M&T Bank Riverhead Developing Source East Conclusion Divorce Arranging KL Prosperity Procedures, LLC, Mr. Wilkinson and the Residence Inn LI East End, Ms. O’Shaughnessy stated.