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Enterprise Academy hosts 80-plus students for business training

by: Submitted photo Austin Ulrich and Travis Babikoff participated in the Enterprise Academy business seminary Feb. 25-27 at Camp Angelos in Corbett.

More than 80 students attended the Enterprise Academy, a weekend-long seminar held on Feb. 25-27 at Camp Angelos in Corbett.

Two Estacada High School students attended this seminary, senior Austin Ullrich and junior Travis Babikoff. Thanks to Bennett Johnson of Fearless Brewery, EHS was referred to the Rotary Club of Portland that sponsors this seminary. Cole Mills, a Rotary advisor, came to EHS and made a presentation to 12 students who expressed interest. Two students made an application, had teacher recommendations and were accepted to attend.

This seminar offered new skills, meeting new friends and broadening the students' knowledge of conceptual analysis, strategic planning, teamwork and interpersonal communication. The students worked in competitive teams of eight to build their own business plans and combine business simulations to learn key concepts of business, group collaboration and ethical business practices.

Austin and Travis were on the same team and developed a product called, 'Digiband,' a digital wristband that flashed different colored messages on the band. The teams were divided into four sections: finances, marketing, operations and management. Travis was the co-president of the team and Austin was part of the finance group.

Both students said this was an outstanding opportunity and would recommend it to other students interested in business or owning their own business. Some of the things these students tool away from this seminary was: 'No idea is a bad idea,' 'Keep it simple,' 'Learn how to sell yourself and your product,' 'Teamwork is very important,' and 'Never give up.'

Although Austin and Travis' team did not win, the came away as winners with the added knowledge of the business world. Travis is planning to major in business at an Eastern college after graduation. Austin will be putting some of the knowledge he learned to work very soon, since he is starting his own T-shirt business related to his motocross career. Austin is a professional driver, and after graduation will be competing full-time and selling his T-shirts.

'We would like to thank Bennett Johnson and the Rotary Club of Portland for an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about the business world,' Estacada School District Transition Coordinator Cheryl Amundson-Renton said.