Twenty Entrepreneurs Speak at JA Entrepreneurship Day
Twenty local businessmen and women spoke to Jardine Middle School students at the annual JA Entrepreneurship Day on Friday, November 22. One-hundred percent of the student body had the opportunity to hear from a local entrepreneur. Speakers shared their entrepreneurial experience, including their beginnings in starting a business, challenges along the way and advice for budding business owners.
Local business owners that spoke include: Brandon Aldridge, State Farm Insurance; Beth Anne Branden, BA Designs; Matt Douglas, Kona Ice; Jesse Fray, KSNT News; Justin Glasgow, Performance Tire and Wheel; Jesse Gosney, APEX Technologies; representatives from Build a Buddy Factory; Caitlyn Halsey, Dialogue Coffee House; Kirk Johnson, McElroy's; Abby Lanum, Top City Flower Truck; Rick LeJuerne, Washburn University; Angel McGhee, The Firehouse; Kelly Robbins, Sunsations Tanning Salon; Brenda Ruhnke, Dandelions; Denise Selbee-Koch, Dirty Girl Adventure; Melina Stewart, Schwerdt Design Group; Adam VanDonge, The White Linen; Jeff Wietharn, Coffman, DeFries & Northern; Mike Wilson, Architect One; and Nick Xidis, Hazel Hill Chocolate.
Many of the speakers brought items that exemplified their business. Students were able to look at architectural drawings, design color wheels, a mobile tanning unit, project examples and even gourmet brownies and chocolate. Speakers span multiple industries and provide a plethora of experiences for the students. Students were encouraged to fill out an evaluation and there was a $25.00 VISA gift card awarded at the conclusion of the event.
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