POMEROY — Meigs High School’s Career Based Intervention (CBI) Class recently pitched business proposals in a professional setting.
Amy Perrin, CBI instructor, had her students pitch business proposals in the Farmer’s Bank board room to Farmer’s Bank President/CEO Paul Reed, Meigs County Economic Development Director Perry Varnadoe, Farmer’s Bank Chief Financial Officer Shawn Arnott, and Farmer’s Bank Senior Vice President Eddie Lanham.
Perrin shared CBI is part of the career technical program at MHS. She said the class focuses on career-related skills such as getting along with other people in the workplace and learning about career finances. Perrin said the class has currently been focusing on entrepreneurship; thus, she had her class divide into two separate teams to develop an original business plan. She shared that she wanted her students to have the realest experience possible via this project, so she contacted Reed. He suggested that Perrin let her students present their proposals in the Farmer’s Bank board room.
The two groups’ business pitches were judged on 11 different aspects including: company’s purpose is clear, understandable, original, and compelling; target customer clearly identified, carefully chosen, and the company has the ability to reach and retain them; opportunity has been clearly defined and communicated; product or service has considerable competitive advantages; business model is operationally feasible and financially attractive; solid grasp on financing demonstrated; team has sufficient expertise to manage the business in the current stage of their business cycle; market strategy clearly defined; major and relevant business risks have been identified; questions answered with expertise; judges inclined to invest money in the business.
The first group of students comprised of Madison Hendricks, Devin Humphreys, Matthew Brown, Tyler Mitchell, Bella Shockey, and Jill Casto presented a restaurant proposal. The students shared their restaurant Mix It Up Cafe would sell an assortment of edible cookie dough along with a toppings bar, cookie sandwiches, and beverages.
The second group of students comprised of Mackenzie Hall, Makayla Rose, Lauren Stewart, Wyatt Wilson, Hanna King, and Madelyn Hill also presented a restaurant proposal. The students shared their restaurant Organic Planet would provide customers with all organic menu items throughout the food pyramid, all organic spices, and all organic beverages.
Reed told all of the students they did an “exceptional job” on their business pitches and were very impressive.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.