High schoolers get a behind-the-scenes business lesson

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Grand Junction's young business men and women took to downtown Friday to learn first hand what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

"it gives them a different view of business than what they can get from a textbook or a teacher's lecture," Grand Junction High School business teacher and FBLA advisor Jane Nelms said.

Eight students from the Grand Junction High School Future Business Leaders of America club got behind-the-scenes tours of local businesses.

"I'm lucky to be talking to the businesses," said Savannah Bucher, president of the GJ FBLA. "I'm finding so much joy and curiosity from it."

One of those businesses tours was at Loki, where students learned how to market innovative products.

"Definitely been learning lots of new strategies, lots of interesting things," Bucher said. "And how important it is to have a business for a person. They really want to help the community and not just themselves as well."

Business owners shared wisdom and tips to the students to show them the realities of the career.

"I'm glad we had young adults here and I hope they were inspired by Loki," said Seth Anderson, one of the owners of Loki. "Small business is tough, but it's rewarding."

The FBLA members also handed out more than 30 certificates to downtown businesses in celebration of American Enterprise Day.

Besides field trips, the club offers high schoolers the chance to go to competitions and leadership conferences.


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