This summer, woodworking student Noah Fiorentino received a check for $10,000 from the Sequoyah Fund in Cherokee, NC. Each year, the Sequoyah Fund sponsors a 7-county business plan competition among their three Community Colleges. Since the competition's inception three years ago, Haywood students have won it each year. The goal is simple: create jobs, support entrepreneurs, and encourage college students to follow their passion.
After working in a small guitar factory in Chapel Hill for several years, Noah came to HCC to hone his woodworking skills. Before graduating, he took a business plan class and the results were astounding. With graduation quickly approaching and the encouragement of his instructor, Noah submitted his business plan to the competition. A few weeks later he received notification that he had won.
Fiorentino Guitars is currently seeking a location and is considering calling the HCC Student Incubator home.
Noah - we wish you the best as you embark on your entrepreneurial journey and we are proud to have you as a member of the HCC Family.