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Entrepreneurial Launch Party Winners Named

From left are Bruce Black, DJ Wright, Michelle Heide, Joey and Heidi Hudicka, Steve Kalafer, Chris Phelan and Jim Robinson. Credits: courtesy photo
From left are Joey Hudicka, Carla and Jessica Orlando, and Heidi Hudicka. Credits: courtesy photo

­­READINGTON, NJ – More than 30 students from fourth to eighth grade – and more than 50 of their parents – attended an Entrepreneurial Launch Party at the YMCA here recently.

The evening was an opportunity for kids and parents to learn about the skills and lessons of starting and running their own business. It included playing the game “Launch,” created by young entrepreneurs Joey and Heidi Hudicka.

The keynote speaker was Steve Kalafer, who owns Flemington Car & Truck Country and the Somerset Patriots. Other speakers included Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach; Dr. Donald Sebastian, who is President of New Jersey Innovations Institute iLabs at NJIT; Tiffany Lucey, a supervisor of education technology at Toms River High School South; local YMCA President Bruce Black; Joseph Hudicka of Productive Play; and Hunterdon Chamber President Chris Phelan.

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Carla Orlando won the MacBook Air Grand Prize for her business concept, Invasive Intervention Avoidal, a technology intended to help stop invasive plant species.

Jessica Orlando was the Second Place winner for her DreamMachine concept, an electronic device that would allow people to record and replay their dreams, as well as share them through a premium rental service. She’ll receive a free six-month family membership to the Hunterdon YMCA.

The event was sponsored by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Hunterdon County YMCA, Productive Play and the Flemington Car & Truck Family of Dealerships.

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