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Mini Business World '99
MAILED: May 11, 1999|
More than 30 area high school students gathered in Eau Claire earlier this month for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business Entrepreneur Program's first Mini Business World '99.
The business simulation/competition featured students from Amery, Augusta, Eau Claire North, Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau and Lincoln (Alma Center) high schools.
The students were assigned to company teams, and each team ran a simulated business. The participants created marketing strategies, designed a product and logo, and presented a marketing presentation including a minute-long advertisement or commercial. The teams competed to see which one could manage the most prosperous business venture. Business advisers worked with students as they developed their products, made budgetary decisions, and reacted to market changes as simulated by a computer.
"The Mini Business World '99 program was an unusual opportunity to bring area high schools students from a variety of neighboring communities together with area business people, all in a professional conference setting," said James N. Pathos, executive-in-residence with the UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneur Program.
Rich Watkins, a local radio personality and a student in UW-Eau Claire's Entrepreneur Program, evaluated the logo and marketing presentations.
Business advisers for the day were: Lorrinda J. Benavides, president, Konstucted Kountry Inc.; Betty Mae Dock, president, Fun-Zee's Inc.; Jack A. Stromwall, chair, Charter Bank of Eau Claire; James L. Thompson, president, F&M State Bank of Eau Claire; David L. Telfer, Telfer & Associates; and Gregory A. Zingler, an alumnus of the UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneur Program and owner of Z Advertising Promotion and Graphics in Tomah.
A team calling its company "Kitchencare Robots" won first place in the Best Logo Design competition. Benavides was the team's business adviser. Team members were: Jeff Hampe, Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School; Laura Pehachek, Amery High School; Greg Hazard, Augusta High School; Stacia Taves, Eau Claire North High School; and Roberta Tolzmann, Lincoln High School in Alma Center.
First place in the Best Marketing Presentation (Commercial) category went to a team named "Perfectly Complete." Zingler was the team's business adviser. Team members were Derrick Pettis, Augusta High School; Brett Schroedel, Eau Claire North High School; Andrea McCurdy, Amery High School; and Sarah Hilton, Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School.
First place in the Top Company Overall (Simulation Winner) went to the team calling itself "Golfworld 2000." Telfer was its business adviser. Team members were: Jackie Isenberg, Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School; Kevin Martinson, Amery High School; Scott Dickinson, Augusta High School; and Jamie Whitwam, Eau Claire North High School.
Students from Amery High School who participated in the event were Kevin Martinson, Zane Matton, Andrea McCurdy, Laura Pehachek, Beau Swanson and Garrett Gorres. Ramona Lockwood was Amery's teacher representative.
Participants from Augusta High School were Nick Canaday, Scott Dickinson, Joni Hill, Greg Hazard, Derrick Pettis and Jessica Weiss. Gloria Crossman was the school's teacher representative.
Students from Eau Claire North High School who participated were Ryan Barrows, April Northrup, Brett Schroedel, Stacia Taves, Heather Weiss and Jamie Whitwam. The teacher representative was Jim Maier.
Participants from Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School were Adam Bryhn, Sarah Hilton, Jackie Isenberg, Jeff Hampe, Brenda Klein and Gayle Johnson. Mike Behan was the teacher representative.
Participants from Lincoln High School in Alma Center were Lucas Barbknecht, Amanda Fitzmaurice, Tyler Green and Roberta Tolzmann. Kathy Leis was the teacher representative.
Mini Business World '99 was sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire College of Business Entrepreneur Program and the following financial institutions: Jackson County Bank in Black River Falls; Bremer Bank in Amery; Peoples State Bank in Augusta; Peoples National Bank in Eau Claire; Northwestern Bank in Chippewa Falls; and Bank of Galesville in Galesville.
For additional information about the Mini Business World '99 event, call James N. Pathos at (715) 836-5829.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 11, 1999