Williamsburg Top Girl Scout Cookie Sellers Celebrated for Entrepreneurial Achievement

On Saturday, May 6, the 100 local Girl Scouts who sold at least 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this year were recognized during as CEOs, or Cookie Entrepreneur Officers, during a luncheon held in their honor. The event was held on the top floor of the Dominion Enterprises building in downtown Norfolk.

Three Williamsburg Girl Scouts sold at least 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this year. Jasmine Barbour-Bassett sold 1,861 boxes, Kaitlyn Hartsook sold 1,026 boxes, and Caitlyn Rogerson sold 1,133 boxes.

At the luncheon, the girls enjoyed a meal with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast CEO Tracy Keller and Dominion Enterprises executives, including Susan Blake, vice president of human resources for Dominion Enterprises, Debra Bunn, chief accounting officer and Wendy Froelich, vice president of marketing at For Rent. The representatives from Dominion Enterprises congratulated the girls for their hard work and recognized the important life skills they develop through participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

"Here are Dominion Enterprises, about 300 of our 800 employees are salespeople, just like you girls are," Blake told the girls. "Through the cookie program, you are learning important skills that will help you in the future."

The girls were individually recognized by Keller and received the rewards they earned through the cookie program, as well as a briefcase and business cards to use for next year. Keller asked each girl to share a top-selling strategy with their fellow cookie entrepreneurs. Tips included keeping their order cards from the previous year to follow up with customers, setting an attainable goal, staying positive and working hard all cookie season long.

The luncheon was generously sponsored by Dominion Enterprises, which recognizes the important financial literacy, business and marketing skills that girls develop through participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

"While we all love to eat Girl Scout Cookies, we hope that customers know that when they purchase cookies, they are supporting the nation's leading financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for girls," Keller said. "The process of selling cookies teaches girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Girls will use these skills for the rest of their lives."

This year, nearly 7,000 Girl Scouts in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina sold 1,479,660 boxes of cookies.

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