On the heels of the establishment of Centre Perk coffee shop last year at Centre High School, Ally Basore and Brenna Shields, two members of Lisa Beye’s entrepreneurial business class, gave a presentation to the school board Monday about their plans to develop a new business.
They are part of two teams that are working to produce and sell lip balm in various flavors. Beye said they could compete with other schools, but she is more interested in giving her students business experience.
The students are doing it on their own, with very little guidance from Beye. She said it’s amazing to watch them work.
Basore and Shields talked about developing a business plan including how to obtain finances for the project and how to market the product. They hope to have the plan in place by Thanksgiving.
“I’m learning so much more by doing this than I would from books,” Basore said.
Beye reported that Caleb Kristek, another one of her students, has started a business of his own, creating metal signs with last names and numbers for mailboxes. He has four customers so far.