DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 20, 2014

Business students learn the real world ropes

Entrepreneurs address FBLA students

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — Local businesses gave Pinkerton Academy business students a look into the future with career advice and information.

Pinkerton’s Future Business Leaders of America club hosted a business event Feb. 11, joining students, business leaders and entrepreneurs for a day of questions, answers and valuable information.

Six businesses were on hand at the business forum, representing real estate, cosmetology, dance studios and other local small businesses.

Owners met with student groups throughout the day to answer questions about how and why they got started in their particular field.

“It’s showing them opportunities they have after high school,” Pinkerton senior Amanda Joncas said, “and that they have to set goals for what they want to do.”

Amanda, a member of the FBLA club, said the event was part of a leadership project the members planned for upcoming competition.

Another FBLA member, Kelly Fitzsimmons, also a senior, said club members reached out to local businesses and got six to commit to attend the event.

“We made lot of calls,” she said. “We also learned to deal with denial.”

Businesses on hand included Kerry’s Dance Center, Summerview Real Estate, Firefly Salon, TD Bank, Coffee Factory and the N.H. Fisher Cats.

Tyler Smith, Pinkerton Academy teacher and FBLA advisor, said the event helped club members prepare for the upcoming competition.

Students who compete as part of the FBLA program have to present projects dealing with marketing and leadership skills.

The business forum was good experience for everyone involved, he said.

“I think it’s a good mix,” Smith said. “They are learning leadership skills and also promote the FBLA club.

The entire week was officially Future Business Leaders of America Week. Pinkerton FBLA members put posters and other displays all around the school. There are about 200 student members.

Local businesses join with Pinkerton Academy students for career event.