STUDENTS GET TASTE OF BUSINESS

March 21, 2002 11:00 pm
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Imbler Elementary School fifth-graders Amanda Bowers, left, and Shianna Warren serve ice cream treats they made Thursday via their business S&As Sundaes. (The Observer/DICK MASON).
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Imbler Elementary School fifth-graders Amanda Bowers, left, and Shianna Warren serve ice cream treats they made Thursday via their business S&As Sundaes. (The Observer/DICK MASON).

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

IMBLER Oregons economy is still sluggish, but this did not prevent some people from enthusiastically opening six new businesses in Imbler Thursday.

Business was brisk but the owners of the firms probably will not be filing income tax returns for several years.

These entrepreneurs are fifth-graders in Beccy Kramers class at Imbler Elementary School. The children opened their businesses as part of Young Entrepreneurs Future Business Leaders of America Marketing Day.

The businesses, which opened for one day, included S&As Sundaes, which offered a variety of ice cream treats. The store was run by Shianna Warren and Amanda Bowers. Ice cream with chocolate syrup was the most popular item.

We enjoy making people happy with ice cream, Shianna said.

Treats also were offered by the Sweet Shop, which was run by Stephanie Wheeling and Shanell Green. The Sweet Shop offered cookies, cupcakes and other treats. The shop owners said that they enjoyed making money and being with customers.

Sugary treats were also available from PTs Floats and Slushy Slusherz. Children could purchase greeting cards from Card and Bookmark Supplies. Handmade and computer-produced cards were available.

Sports fans could shoot at a small basketball hoop at Nick, Theron, and Andrews Hoop Shoot; and video game lovers could test their skills at ETs Games and Refreshments.

The youngsters set up their businesses with the help of Imbler High School students Ariana Matthews, Cody McKee and Paul Forester, all members of their schools Future Business Leaders of America chapter.

Matthews, McKee and Forester taught the fifth-graders about business, dress, advertising, counting money and more.

They did a wonderful job of organizing, Kramer said.

The children were excited about the opportunity to open their own businesses. They spent about six weeks preparing for the day. Excitement was particularly high in recent days.

It has been wild the last week, Kramer said.

Matthews said she and the other FBLA members enjoyed working with the children.

We were looked up to as role models. We got to have a personal relationship with them, Matthews said.

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