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If there’s any truth in the maxim, “Practice makes perfect,” then 43 area high school students recently took a step toward entrepreneurial perfection at the Gardner-Webb Godbold School of Business’s sixth annual B.E.S.T. Program, sponsored by the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners. The program, which stands for “Bringing Executives and Students Together,” enabled some of the area’s most successful and conscientious leaders to help the students put business and civic leadership principles into practice. “The high schools are doing such a great job teaching these kids about business,” said Dr. Anthony Negbenebor, dean of Gardner-Webb’s Godbold School of Business.

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Boiling Springs


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The B.E.S.T. Opportunity