HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBRA DAVIS

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 2-29-00



























FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS "GET UP AND GO" AT HCC

Students from three local high schools explored steps to starting a small business during a team activity workshop held recently at Haywood Community College. Sponsored by HCC’s SIFE student club in partnership with N.C. REAL Enterprises, the "Get Up and Go" workshop delved into all aspects of a small business start-up.



The students were divided into several groups. Each team of high school students developed a fictitious business based on characteristics of the local community. The teams then developed marketing strategies—a slogan, business cards, and television and radio commercials. Students also made internal business decisions such as developing a human resources policy. At the end of the sessions, each team presented its advertising tactics before the entire group of students.



After presenting a television commercial to the group, Michael Smith, a senior at Tuscola High School, said, " This exercise was a lot of fun, but it was stressful. I didn’t know there would be so much work involved in starting your own business."





Members of HCC’s SIFE Team partnered with NC REAL for this workshop because of similar goals in teaching others about business.

The NC REAL course teaches students how to go from an initial business idea to creating a business plan that will assist them in opening a business. The course uses experiential learning activities to teach the parts of a business plan. HCC’s SIFE Team used several of the NC REAL activities in the "Get Up and Go" workshop.

Advisors for HCC’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) are Joe Fox, the Associate Director of NC REAL-West and David Forester, an HCC business instructor.

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