BACC students learn the ropes of business


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More than 30 young entrepreneurs were open for business at “Mogul Palooza” Saturday at the Branch Area Careers Center.

Business students offered a variety of goods and services, including specialty foods, personal care, giftware, outdoor activities, photography, and home care services.

Outside, the one and only FFA Agriscience fundraiser was underway at the greenhouse: a plant sale.

As shoppers strolled between stalls, some students actively consulted browsers. Some were too busy to do anything but wait for customers, as was the case for Ashlee Becker and Natalie Patino of Sweet Treats. They were almost out of chocoflan, a Mexican dessert.

Patino said they came up with the idea because there weren’t enough cultural bakeries in the area.

Some products required a larger outlay, such as Rosie’s rings. Hailey Mahoney, owner, has invested around $200 in the business and has yet to recoup her investment. But that led her to an idea for another business that seems more profitable and long-term.

At Aj’s Froth Creations, Jaiden Gutherie was selling creative stuffed animals made by her friend Abigail McFadden. McFadden is in construction trades at BACC. Gutherie sold the cheapest merchandise, but still had more.

Clean and Fair Home Care by Ashten Zimmer and Connor Kline offered pressure washing services at a more competitive price than others in the area. They invested about $500 in equipment and supplies and expect to recoup their money this summer.

Eco Friends, Mishelle Mata and Aiden Gay, were selling personalized glass cups, a wooden lid and a stainless steel straw. They easily recouped their $200 cost of goods, they said.

Lexie Vaughn of Lisa Marie’s Creations and her mother, Lisa, made custom bags and accessories. His mother also had a stand of their products at the car show.

To prepare for “Mogul Palooza”, the students, under the guidance of Joe Sobeske, walked through the entire process of starting a business. Several students have learned that opening a business is not as easy as it seems.

This is the purpose of the BACC program and this event. Help students interested in business learn how to succeed. Sobeske, with years of small business experience before joining the BACC staff, has seen businesses come and go and loves to steer his students towards the most profitable options.

After shopping, customers lined up to pay for the goods and services they purchased from Mogul Palooza.
A steady flow of customers visited the FFA-Agriscience greenhouse.  The plant sale is the group's only fundraiser that provides funds for students to attend conferences and events.

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