Students from William Floyd High School Virtual Enterprise classes, part of the William Floyd High School Business Academy, recently competed in the fourth annual Long Island Business Plan Competition and Trade Show held at Farmingdale State College. Virtual Enterprise is a simulated business set up and run by high school students to help prepare them for work in a real business environment.
At the event, students presented their plans from four Virtual Enterprises: CoverCell (Business), Forever Fit (Business) Eclectic Essentials (Cosmetology) and Stix (Culinary Arts) to a panel of professional business representatives and college professors for critique. They also had the opportunity to work as sales representatives and negotiate deals with consumers.
“It was a great opportunity for our students to use the skills they have learned in class and put them into action,” said Karen Poidomani, William Floyd High School business teacher. “Many of the judges commented on the professionalism of our students and the quality of their presentations.”
The Long Island Business Plan Competition and Trade Show served as preparation for the International Trade Show scheduled for this upcoming April in New York City, where Virtual Enterprise classes from around the world will showcase their products and compete against one another for awards, including best booth, best website and best sales pitch. “This event heightened their excitement for the New York City trade show in April,” said Ms. Poidomani.