Virginia teens learn about entrepreneurship from local business owners
Nov 25, 2009
It was all about reaching out to fellow classmates during GEW at Chantilly and Marshall High Schools in Northern Virginia. While entrepreneurship and DECA students already know about the possibility of being your own boss after graduation, they used the five school days of GEW to share that message with others.
This included a public relations campaign throughout the building and a lunchtime LOGO Challenge, which awarded prizes to students who could identify the most companies based on their logos. Like any good school event, candy was also involved, with students handing out treats that had the definition of entrepreneurship on them, in the hopes of sparking an interest in this career path.
Mentoring was also a part of the Week, with Theresa Pinelli, Chief Sweetness Officer for The Treet Shop, talking to students about the launch of her business and tips on approaching the business plan process. She then gave attendees the opportunity to create her next cupcake flavor, with the winner to receive naming rights for the flavor and be featured on the Treet Shop website (www.treetshop.com) and blog.
At Marshall High, the Week kicked off with Carol Fleming, owner of Vienna Pet Spaw, who spoke to students about how she launched her successful pet grooming business. A raffle was held during lunch on Tuesday, with students vying for a chance to win gift cards from local entrepreneurial businesses like Foster's Grille, Outback and Chipotle. And on Wednesday, Dorothy Ready, Marketing Manager from Chick-fil-A at Fair Oaks Mall spoke to students about how Chick-fil-A started and grew its business. Students were treated to lunch and raffle prizes including books autographed by Chick-fil-A’s founder and the Chick-fil-A cows.