On Friday, March 17, 2017, Manson High School’s Entrepreneurial Training Program called “Buzz on Biz” culminated in the final presentations by 11 groups of sophomore students. Cash awards provided by the Lake Chelan Rotary Club were presented to the top three teams.
- The 1st place award was given to the Dragon Cuisine team, which included Aerolynn Geddes, Avery Thompson, and Annalyse Uvalle.
- 2nd place was the Stormy Mountain Traders team, which included Devyn Smith, Payton Stevens, Cole Beazley and Nicole Sepulveda.
- 3rd place was the Super Sneaks team, which included Oliver Ellingson, Marco Sanchez and Briseyda Landa.
Career Connection Instructor Jen Koth and Facilitator Dan Hodge provided a special thanks to the Lake Chelan Rotary Club and the North Central Washington Business Loan Fund for supporting the program and to the guest speakers who participated in the program, Antonio Nunez, Jay Witherbee, Jeff Conwell, Lacey Lybecker, Mike Cooney, Jordana LaPorte, and Todd Kelly. Guest speakers and community leaders evaluated the presentations and displays to select the top three teams.
Buzz on Biz is an Entrepreneurial Training Program sponsored by the North Central Washington Business Loan Fund in partnership with Manson High School. This project is an attempt to introduce students to entrepreneurial attitudes via real life speakers and class material.
In effect, it is about changing attitudes and offering hope, particularly for students who may not see a particular career path for themselves or may not have been exposed to the concept of starting or owning a business (creating a job rather than getting a job).
Groups of sophomore students are asked to identify and develop a business idea. During the 10 weeks of the program, they work together to establish a business plan and prepare a display and presentation regarding their business idea. Each week they are presented information regarding a business plan and have the opportunity to hear from community members who have experience starting and running small businesses. The culmination is each group presenting their business idea, business plan and display to a group of community members.
Studies by the Kaufman Foundation show students who complete some type of entrepreneurial training have higher graduation rates, go on to additional training and education and will earn more over their lifetime. Manson High School believes this type of training also enhances student communications skills, interactive relationships, team building and cognitive learning.
Finally, for those who go on to work for other organizations, entrepreneur training helps them understand the business they might be in, how it operates and why. They become better employees and do better within the organization.
Congratulations to all of the 11 teams who participated in the program and to the top three who were awarded cash prizes!
(Submitted by Dan Hodge)