Grade seven students in Vanderhoof were busy the past month, developing business ideas and products for their third annual Small Business Market.
NVSS is enrolled in Junior Achievement British Columbia. JACB’s programs focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. This program is delivered free of charge as community volunteers from local businesses give real life experience to the students.
So grade 7 students built a product and went through the whole process of building stock, marketing and learning different aspects of being an entrepreneur. They sold these products during G7 Small Business Market held on Nov. 21.
“I think teaching students more about entrepreneurship, opens their eyes to different opportunities in life,” said Jana-Rae Kadonaga, SD91 teacher and organizer of the event.
“It also builds up skills that are valuable in any venue of life. Being invested in a project, learning about it, making it better, improving and receiving feedback is a good opportunity. During the small business market, our feedback is sale day and how well that goes,” she added.
During the event, grade 3 and 4 students are invited to the high school to expose them to the program as well.
Without support from local businesses who send volunteers to the high school, the program would not be possible, Kadonaga added.