DECA reaches out to next generation of entrepreneurs
Max Skolnik, Reporter
“Little Bosses”, a free workshop that introduces elementary school students to business and entrepreneurship, was held by DECA students on Saturday November 11..
Organized by juniors Nina Jones and Harrison Rose, the workshop showed students how to create their own business by using their imagination, while also learning important information about the business world.
“We show them [the children] what entrepreneurship is… and we show them things they can do, and stuff they take in starting to be successful in starting their own business,” Little Bosses coordinator Nina Jones said.
Using ideas from past events and projects, Jones and Rose developed ideas on how to make this workshop better than in years past.
“We looked at last year’s project and saw what we could improve on it and what we could use [from last year] to also incorporate and just use that in general to create the big event, as it is today,” Rose said.
Assigned to Jones and Rose as their DECA project, the two planned most of the event, with help from other members and guidance from their advisors.
“We had [help from] students and teachers… Mrs. Cumiskey guided us through the guidelines of it and we had other students like Kenedi [Kenedi Harmon, junior]. She created the tee shirt design for the kids,” Rose said.
While the event was free to attend, an optional $10 tee shirt was available to purchase, with proceeds going towards Wyandotte DECA.
“The funds that we raised go towards their tee shirts [the cost of ordering the tee shirts], and also to DECA,” Jones said.
While most of the event was created by the DECA organization, Jones and Rose were able to receive help from local businesses around the city.
“Me and Nina organized the food donations for this event,” Rose said. “We had Brass Monkey, Serendipity Cakery, and other companies in downtown Wyandotte donate food to us.”
The workshop itself did not include much input from parents, as Jones and Rose believe that it would be more influential on the children if they create their own ideas.
“It [the workshop] is more towards the kids,” Jones said. “We try not to influence their ideas too much... We want it to be more about the kids than anybody else.”
Having hosted before, advisor Elissa Cumisky believes this is one of DECA’s stronger community-based events.
“It’s a really good way to build that community feeling… they’re learning, but they’re learning about business, so it’s education and fun at the same time,” Cumisky said.
While the workshop does not raise much money for the DECA Chapter, Cumisky believes there is more to it than just the money.
“We take a loss on this event, because I buy all my workers shirts too, but it’s not really the point of it,” Cumisky said. “We’re okay taking a loss, because the experience itself is worth it, and that’s where the value is.”