In my senior year at Warner Pacific College, studying Social Entrepreneurship, I participated in a business pitch competition, where I took second place. My school was fortunate enough to reward first, second, and third place with some start up money.
Although my business plan, marketing plan, executive plan, and pitch presentation I made for the project was for school, I worked extremely hard to do it with depth, quality, and seriousness. I took it to multiple business professionals to get feedback and input - sometimes nearly scrapping the whole thing. Through the fire emerged a business idea I called - The Local. The greater plan of The Local was pretty extensive and after completing my major, I took one component of the business, simplified it and created On The Rise Box - The Subscription Box for Medford Local Businesses.
I'm grateful to be walking in the momentum my professors and mentors gave me, and excited for finishing the back work of On The Rise Box so that it can be all I believe it will be.