Howard G. Sackett Technical Center Virtual Enterprise students will be heading to Rochester Thursday, Jan.12 as finalists in a regional business plan competition.
It was announced last month in Rochester that HGSTC students Dylan Swiernik, Alexis Fitzgerald, Kayla Burdick and Ondraya Marks had won the Virtual Enterprises International regional written business plan competition. The students won the contest with the business plan they authored for their virtual business, Cultural Enterprises, which specializes in merchandising cultural products from Africa.
On Thursday, the three top finalists from the regional competition will face each other in an oral business plan competition to be held at Everest College in Rochester. The winner of Thursday’s competition will go on to compete with the best teams in the country in New York City at the end of March.
In addition to preparing for Thursday’s oral competition, the HGSTC students are also getting ready to take part in the Virtual Enterprises International Trade Show in New York City where they will showcase their products. Virtual Enterprise students from the Bohlen Technical Center's virtual enterprise, Eat Your Heart Out, will also be taking part in the trade show.
Students from both centers recently attended the Western New York Regional Trade Fair at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester to prepare for the New York City event.
Students in the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Virtual Enterprise program set up virtual businesses complete with all the departments of a real company––product development, sales, marketing, accounting and information technology. They buy and sell products, pay salaries, earn paychecks, pay taxes, negotiate loans and interact with other virtual and simulated businesses established by students around the world.