DECA Students Get Inspired at CNY Small Business Summit

     Published on 11/20/15   Tagged under:    District News    Henninger High School    Nottingham High School   

More than three dozen DECA students from Henninger and Nottingham attended a Brazzlebox Small Business Summit at The OnCenter, where they heard from local entrepreneurs and business leaders about what it takes to succeed in business.
While competing in DECA, students prepare business plans for a product or business they are interested in creating. Henninger DECA Advisor Melinda McCarthy said attending the panel provided students with the opportunity to brainstorm and learn about the challenges they may face—and how to overcome them.
At a panel discussion featuring business leaders, including Henninger alumna Deborah Little, students learned about the importance of focusing on something they enjoy doing, recognizing the value of a team, the importance of having a mentor and more. The panel also spoke of the traits of successful entrepreneurs, how to grow a startup, how to create a workplace culture and how to develop a solid business plan that will increases the chance for success—all things that the DECA students said benefitted them.
“I came hoping to learn how to build a business from an idea into something,” Henninger sophomore Zachary Riese explained. “For DECA, I wanted to learn how to get funding for my innovation ideas.” Zachary is working with classmate Timothy Revette on a shade that will block rainwater from getting in your glasses. “I’ve always been into business and making money,” he added. “If we can learn here and win at DECA, we can bring our idea farther!”
Students said a major highlight of the summit was the keynote address by a star of the ABC show “Shark Tank,” Daymond John.
Nottingham senior Katie Willard described, “I’m hoping to start my own business one day. I’m inspired to be here, getting a look at what these successful people have done to make their dreams a reality. Like Daymond John. How did he make it so far? To hear how it feels to go from such humble upbringings to such success… it’s amazing.”
Thank you to Brazzlebox for providing our DECA students with this great opportunity to expand their knowledge of business.