B.E.S.T. Program

Bringing Entrepreneurs and Students Together

July 23 - 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Gardner-Webb University’s Godbold School of Business will be hosting the annual “Bringing Entrepreneurs and Students Together” (B.E.S.T.) Program for high school students in Cleveland County. This program is tailored to encourage, educate, and engage students to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

The B.E.S.T. program is designed for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders who want to immerse into entrepreneurial activities including:

  • Workshops on business, finance and marketing delivered by university faculty
  • Sessions on best practices from entrepreneurs in our community
  • Campus tours and activities
  • Foster and grow entrepreneurial ideas
  • DAWG House Competition

Each day students will arrive to the university by 9 a.m. where they will be greeted with a light breakfast and our leadership team. Students will complete a series of activities through the morning followed by lunch and more activities in the afternoon.

The application deadline is Friday, July 6th, 2018. Please also make sure you complete the medical release form below. Bring the original with you the first day and also send a copy via fax to 704-406-2261 or scanned and emailed to GSB@gardner-webb.edu. Students will not be allowed to participate if this medical form is not received.

Transportation is available from two locations: Shelby High School and Kings Mountain High School. Please make note on your application if you require transportation. Drop off/pick up times will be dependent on student need.

Program acceptance letters will be sent on Monday, July 9th, 2018.

We are excited about the opportunity to share in the life of your student. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 704-406-4375 or email GSB@gardner-webb.edu.


Apply to the B.E.S.T. Program  |   Download the Medical Release Form