Posted Date: 11/06/2018
There are no tougher critics than one’s peers. First-year business students are finding that out this week as they present their startup business products and services to their classmates at Chanute High School.
Abby Claus answered questions about her target market and costs while Britin Hanna was grilled about the ingredients in his homemade doggie treats – they’re listed on his packaging.
This exercise leads up to the Business Expo 2018 on Thursday evening where nearly 40 students will showcase their startup businesses for the public. The event takes place in the commons area of the high school, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The students were required to create a business plan, management plan, cost analysis and profit margin, and design business cards as part of the experience. Then they created their products.
Many students will be selling their products or services, while others are taking orders.
Business teacher Sherri Bagshaw reminded her students to have their business cards, dress nice and be prepared to answer questions.
“This is the fun part,” she told the students. “This is when you open your business.”
Besides Jojo’s Gourmet Woofables by Hanna and Sparkle it Up necklaces by Claus, there are a wide variety of items for sale. Drayton Cleaver is selling wooden signs, Kearstyn Bogle has created pumpkins with succulents, Hayden Newton has fashioned wood cutting boards and Emma Atherton is selling lip scrubs and soaps. There will also be some food products for sale and boot racks made with horseshoes.