Registration Open for Students With Attainable Goals (SWAG) Program and Business Pitch Competition

SBC logo artworkThe Hickory Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for its Students with Attainable Goals, or SWAG program, which is designed to promote entrepreneurship and to help middle school and high school students build their personal brand.  The program is a partnership between the City of Hickory, Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Small Business Center and Business Department, and local business K-9 Security.

The program begins on Tuesday April 12th and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 12th at Ridgeview Community Center from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.  Meetings are interactive sessions covering how to start a business, with activities and food provided at each session.  Local business people will serve as guest speakers, and students will visit local businesses during the program.

The program will conclude with participants having the opportunity to present their business ideas and win prizes in the program’s SWAG Tank, a take-off on the popular Shark Tank TV show.

There is no fee to attend the program, but pre-registration is required.  Interested students can register at Brown Penn Recreation Center or Ridgeview Community Center through April 4.  For more information, contact Reggie Cummings, Recreation Programmer at Brown Penn Recreation Center at 828-328-4890, or