Teaching kids about business is working out well for everyone involved as middle school students share entrepreneurial ideas with local businesses.
The entrepreneurial class at Henley Middle School presented ideas for businesses that they came up with as part of a class assignment. Some of the ideas included homemade jams, spiced made from local peppers, customizable bracelets,and a device to prevent shoelace fraying.
The ideas were shared with local business owners, including Kenneth C. Boyd from the county’s Board of Supervisors.
“It’s a wonderful idea to teach kids entrepreneurship,” Boyd said. “I think that’s going to be a main part of the economy in the future and so I’m really anxious to see their ideas and see what they’re doing.”
Students worked in threes, solo, or in pairs. They came up with a dozen ideas that would produce a product or service, including the breakdown of financial models, competition, demographics and how their product could be sold and marketed through local businesses and social media.