Things are Looking Up!

After MLK day, the class was joined by board members Rich Lowe and Roger Good. Rich and Roger helped the students refine the business plan for the class business WZ GOT FILM! After two days of solid work the students finalized the Business Plan and will use that document to drive the business forward: on March 1 the students will host a one night celebration of outdoor themed short films at the historical Cheif Theater in  downtown Steamboat Springs. The evening will include an auction of high end "outdoor" products and 100 percent of those proceeds will be given directly to Routt County Search and Rescue.

On Wednesday with the help of guests Terry Brown and Geoff Petis, the students developed their "elevator pitches" for their individual businesses.

On Thursday and Friday, the students worked on editing and practicing their pitches. Some of those pitches are featured in the individual Student Journal entries... check them out to see what the kids are developing.


Class Business Plan

Roger Good and Rich Lowe

Board members Rich Lowe and Roger Good spent last Friday and this past Tuesday helping the students better understand the process of creating an effective business plan. Earlier the students had worked on creating a business model canvas (to visualize the concepts and challenges of the class business) and Rich and Roger assisted the students in transferring that information to a more formal business plan. The business plan is done and kids are ready to rock on with the challenge!


Pitch Week

Geoff Petis and Terry Brown

The students were very lucky to have local lawyer Geoff Petis and local entrepreneur Terry Brown sit in on their pitches. Both Geoff and Terry were provided awesome feedback as they helped each student tweak their pitches. From presentation to content Terry and Geoff spent over an hour helping the group better understand the need for the pitch and also helped the kids establish some foundational ideas that will drive their individual businesses forward. Thanks guys!


Student Journal Highlights for this week

Do you ever wish there were more hours in a day? Running errands can be difficult when work gets in the way. Well, I have your answer: Integrity Errands. I can save you time by doing your errands for you. I use technology to make the process easier for clients by offering on-line or electronic ordering. I pride myself on my work ethic and prompt, courteous service. Next time you think errands, think Integrity Errands!

Joshua Taing

Joshua Taing
Friday, January 19, 2018Learn More About Joshua

Do you enjoy Steamboat but struggle to find a way to express that pride? Well let me introduce you to Sports Apparel Steamboat. I make shirts and sweatshirts focused around our great town. We make apparel that highlights the many different athletic teams in Steamboat as well as some customized shirts. I work with local graphic designers to create our unique designs. If you love this town but can’t find a unique way to express that love, you should check out Sports Apparel Steamboat.

Jason Oehme

Jason Oehme
Friday, January 19, 2018Learn More About Jason

Have you ever encountered a language barrier? My business, STRIVE, is a service that targets the small minority of ELL Students, providing bilingual student volunteers to translate and interpret for these non-english speakers. Growing up in a home of Spanish speakers and watching their struggles with English has shown me the importance of speaking two languages fluently. STRIVE will help ELL students feel involved in their language education. The interaction between the ELL Students and a STRIVE volunteers will build lasting and inspirational relationships. Building students that STRIVE!.

Maria Santiago

Maria Santiago
Friday, January 19, 2018Learn More About Maria

Hi, my name is Isaiah De Jesus. Random question... are you hungry? I bet a warm sweet sea salt caramel brownie sounds great right about now. Well do I have the place for you. It's called Shalom’s. I've been baking since I was a bun in the oven. I faced my first business opportunity in high school running a bakery out of my locker. My baked goods are absolutely delicious and affordable, which is perfect for students on a budget or simply anyone who needs to satisfy their sweet tooth. Shalom’s has plenty of options varying from warm cinnamon roll cookies topped off with a glazed drizzle, to a red velvet cupcake with a cream cheese frosting that can't be beat. So the next time your hungry think about Shalom's. Bringing peace to your belly and your budget!

Isaiah DeJesus

Isaiah DeJesus
Friday, January 19, 2018Learn More About Isaiah

Hi! I am Hayden Entress and I love to cook and eat wholesome, clean and nutritious food. Let me ask you this, have you ever wanted to eat your favorite dessert but been held back because of dietary restrictions or wanted to eat a more nutritious, healthy diet? I know I have, and that is exactly why I am creating my cookbook, Healthy Food Happy Dude. This cookbook will have about 25 delicious, energy filled dessert recipes. The recipes will be free of refined sugar, wheat and dairy. The cookbook will include information about the ingredients that go into the recipes and the different health benefits they offer. Not only will this benefit those who suffer from gluten or dairy allergies, but Healthy Food Happy Dude is perfect for our active community.


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