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Hamden High School Entrepreneuer Program

8/15/2016

 

Economic and Community Development Office Develops Relationship with

Hamden High School Entrepreneur Program

 

 

Hamden High School entrepreneur students continue their collaboration with the Office of Economic and Community Development here in Hamden. Hamden’s DECA program and the Office of Economic and Community Development are working towards a strong, long-term relationship.

 

Hamden High School offers the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) program to its students. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Hamden High School’s DECA chapter has proven to be successful for it has had it’s best performance ever in 2016, with 34 students winning awards, such as awards in the fields International Business, Financial Consulting, and Entrepreneurship Promotion.

 

Over the last several years, the Office of Economic and Community Development and the DECA program at Hamden High School have started to form a stronger relationship. The Director of Economic and Community Development, Dale Kroop, and the Director of Hamden’s DECA program Brian Anderson, have worked together with the DECA students. “We see this as a valuable endeavor to help young people become part of the civic infrastructure. They are the leaders of tomorrow,” stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic and Community Development.

 

Kroop and Nancy Dudchik from the Hamden Chamber of Commerce recently assisted Anderson as judges for a SharkTank-like contest for the students, putting the entrepreneurship skills to the test. Mr.Kroop goes to talk to the DECA students several times a year, and has talked with the DECA students about the Business Incubator on Newhall Street  to teach the mission of the Incubator and how it relates to the DECA program.

 

 

The relationship between the Town of Hamden and Hamden High School’s DECA program is designed to develop business ecosystem of the Town. Since the students in the DECA program create projects dealing with marketing, finance, and management, they are potential future business entrepreneurs of Hamden.

 

You can follow Hamden High School’s DECA program on twitter (@Hamden_Deca), and the new Instagram account for updates on the business incubator (@hedc2016).

 

For more information about the Business Incubator and programs offered by The Office of Economic and Community Development, contact Dale Kroop, Director, Economic and Community Development, by phone at (203) 287-7003, or by email at dkroop@hamden.com, via the website, or on Instagram (@HEDC2016)


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