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Morning Sun
  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: PHS students judged in Business Plan Competition

  • Around 35 Pittsburg High School students of Linda Garrow, marketing/entrepreneurship instructor, have been researching and working since school started in August to create a plan for their dream business.



    They had to  estimate start-up costs, decide what merchandise/services they planned to offer, prices for services, the number of employees they would need and projected profits, etc.

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  • Around 35 Pittsburg High School students of Linda Garrow, marketing/entrepreneurship instructor, have been researching and working since school started in August to create a plan for their dream business.
    They had to  estimate start-up costs, decide what merchandise/services they planned to offer, prices for services, the number of employees they would need and projected profits, etc.
    The 10th annual PHS Business Plan Competition was held Dec. 12 with the students making verbal presentations before a panel of judges.
    “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” Garrow said. “The students have really had fun with it, and it’s fun for me to see the plans they come up with.”
    She added that plans usually cover a wide range of businesses, and this year was no exception. Some dreamed of opening greenhouses or pet stores, others would like to own and operate boutiques, style salons, fitness centers and tattoo/piercing parlors.
    Best verbal presentation business plan winners were Taylor Cronister, first, Sarah Walden, second, and Megan Davis, third.
    Cronister would like to start Cronister Aviation, based on an interest in aeronautical engineering that he said started when he was in middle school.
    “At first it will be located in the basement of my house, but later I’d like to purchase the abandoned Boeing facility in Wichita,” he said.
    Sarah Walden’s business would be called “Creating Essence.”
    “This would be a retail store that offers tattooing and piercing services,” she said. “I’d like to have it in Denver, Colo., which is a good place for a tattoo parlor. But many of the parlors do not have retail.”
    Walden discussed the various styles of clothing and accessories she would offer, including Gothic, hippie, steam punk and New Age.
    Megan Davis would have Willow Stables in Wichita, an equestrian riding stable that would board horses and also offer riding lessons.
    “No matter what your age, you can learn to ride a horse,” she said. “I’ll be the instructor and run the business. In the summer, we’ll have riding camps.”
    Written plans were also judged earlier by MBA graduate students at Pittsburg State University.
    Winning for best written business plans were Megan Davis of Willow Stables, Hannah Norris of Hannah’s Glam and Glitter Hairstyles and Christian Dalton of Big Boom Displays.
    Business plans most likely to succeed were Michael Neatherlin, first place for the Cheer Pitt, an actual business that he would like to  re-open that would offer cheerleading instruction and recreational tumbling; Christin Reece, A Captured Moment photo studio, second place; and Nikki Akoro, third place, for Naquita, a boutique.
    Other students participating included Marie Montague, Hannah Bliss, Casey Harper, Hannah Quinteros, Maddy  Hillhouse, Sophia Fernandez, Melissa Fernandez, Wendy Rivera, Zach Flood, Tony Brazeal, Pearl Nakayama, AnnMarieka de Brum, Thor Kunatip, Sarah Jewett, Jordan Redd, Ryan McNeely, Gabby Lunday, Clayton Carpino, Troy Wehmeyer, Nathan Ogden, Carly Johnson, Jordyn Newcomb and Davin Su.
    Page 2 of 2 - The competition has been facilitated by Eric Ferrell and the Alliance for Technology Commercialization. ATC funding has been cut, but Garrow said she hopes it will be possible to continue having the business plan competition because it is such a valuable educational experience for students.
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