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Entrepreneur class creates several businesses that will support school organizations

The Verndale School entrepreneur class has created five businesses selling different products just in time for the holiday season. Profits will support several school organizations. Pictured are: front row, Sebastian Aneraee and Chase Graba with a custom oak sign. Back row, Kyle Mead with a custom cutting board with a recipe etched on it, Haley Reiman, Gage Minoletti, Mackenzie Kveton with customizable tumblers. Teacher Matt Jones is holding a tumbler etched with the Pirate logo. Below, Haley Reiman, Mackenzie Kveton and Gage Minoletti worked on designs and fulfilling orders.

by Trinity Gruenberg

For one semester a group of Verndale students had the opportunity to take part in an entrepreneur class taught by Matt Jones.

This class is in its fourth year. Originally, their main product was t-shirts until they got the laser engraver two years ago. This allows them to etch designs onto just about anything.

“People like custom things,” said Jones.

The class has created five different businesses that offer various products.

The students have selected the items they wish to sell and the profits support school organizations.

But first they had to convince their investors.

“We did a Shark Tank thing where a bunch of people sat at the table and we gave presentations,” said Gage Minoletti. . . .



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