After months of grueling work, the Entrepreneur Showcase is finally over. The kids spent countless hours preparing for this event. Our family had two businesses entered in the competition. Joe was entered in the junior high competition with his business, I Chime In. He created unique wind chimes using completely recycled products. During the Expo, Joe managed to sell $100 in chimes and won the $250 1st prize for Junior High level Most Creative Business. He was so thrilled to receive recognition.
Katie and Steve worked together on a business that created dog toys, pet treats and dog clothing. They sold all of their treats, many of the dog toys and took 2 special orders for dog jackets. Katie won a $250 1st place High School level Best Oral Business Presentation. They both worked really hard on the business plan and their presentations. Katie's expression when they announced her win was ecstatic!
I'm so glad that the Showcase is over and we can resume more of our normal activities. Clean laundry may even happen tomorrow! The experience was positive on many levels for my children. Joe gained a great deal of self confidence throughout the entire year. Katie and Steve learned to work together, instead of against each other. And most importantly, they all learned to take chances to achieve goals. It was exciting to watch them find solutions to business roadblocks and look for outside-the-box ideas. The kids want to enter the competition again next year and Madelyn is already talking about what type of business she wants to run.