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Subject: AVCF Business Pitch Competition Winners ��
DATE:  September 26, 2023
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September 2023 Newsletter

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We are so excited to announce the winner of Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility (AVCF) Business Pitch Competition! 


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Congratulations to Michael M., Eric, Federico, Anthony, M-Jay, and Forrest on their winning business idea!


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