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Young entrepreneurs from Rainbow Schools showcase innovative businesses

Rainbow District School Board held its annual Entrepreneurship Fair at R.L. Beattie Public School on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Innovative businesses were on display as students from Rainbow Schools sold their products and services. The event was hosted in partnership with The Learning Initiative Business School and the Regional Business Centre.

A panel of judges from the business community evaluated the effectiveness of the presentations to select the winners for the best business plan, service, product, and presentation. Participants voted amongst themselves to select the winner of the Young Entrepreneur Award.

“Grade 7 and 8 students enjoyed the opportunity to create and run their very own business,” says Rainbow District School Board Entrepreneurship Fair Chair Paula Biondi. “Students researched, developed and implemented business plans. In the process, they gained knowledge of basic marketing and applied a variety of academic skills to develop their products.”

Students used math for accounting and research skills to gather market information. Artistic abilities were used to create visual aspects and displays. Students also used oral and written communication skills by speaking with the public, selling their products and services, creating professional business plans, and developing business cards, websites, brochures and other promotional material. The tradeshow provided a dynamic learning experience for students, bringing the classroom curriculum to life.

The winners of the 2019 Entrepreneurship Fair were:

BEST BUSINESS PLAN

First
One of a Kind Design
Emma Salvati, Grade 8, Churchill Public School

Second
A.L. Cabochon Pendants
Addison Young and Lily Clark, Grade 8, Churchill Public School

Third
Summer Scents
Taylor and Kaitlyn MacNeill, Grade 8, Confederation Secondary School

BEST SERVICE

First
M&M Lawn Services
Aiden Lippert-Murdoch, Grade 8, Markstay Public School

Second
Riot Shields
Aidan Hominuk, Grade 8, Confederation Secondary School

Third
HOOPS
Seth Pellerin and Jordan Guerrette, Grade 8, Confederation Secondary School

BEST PRODUCT

First
Mixers
Charli Huskinson, Grade 7, Larchwood Public School

Second
Scrubbys
Cameron Potvin, Ethan McKinnon and Jayden Guindon, Grade 7, Carl A. Nesbitt Public School

Third
Vinyl Creations
McKena Houston, Grade 8, Lansdowne Public School

BEST PRESENTATION

First
One of a Kind Design
Emma Salvati, Grade 8, Churchill Public School

Second
M&M Lawn Services
Aiden Lippert-Murdoch, Grade 8, Markstay Public School

Third
Riot Shields
Aidan Hominuk, Grade 8, Confederation Secondary School

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

First
MBF Toys
Saxin Daoust, Grade 8, Confederation Secondary School

Second
Smardie Cardies
Malika Collard-Gratton, Grade 8, Copper Club Public School

Third
Alicia’s Scrunchie Shop
Alicia Dumontelle, Grade 7, Carl A. Nesbitt Public School

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.