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Templeton young entrepreneurs present at conference

Meet three Templeton Middle School students who understand the world of business – Amanda Sonnemann, Sarah Tomke and Kirsten Wiesneski. These eighth-graders presented their awardwinning business plan and oral review of their company, Silver Shack, at the seventh annual Young Entrepreneur Conference and Business Competition March 25 and 26 at the Milwaukee Sheraton.

The students were among more than 600 people from throughout the U.S. who attended the conference. They presented their school-based business that was developed in their family and consumer education class, under the direction of teacher Fran Birschbach.

Silver Shack Company started with a connection to a jewelry broker who wanted to lower his silver jewelry inventory. The students started by setting up departments, formulating individual bar codes for inventory, cleaning and polishing the jewelry, setting up displays and advertising their product. After a lot of hard work, their company was quite profitable.

All students in Birschbach’s family and consumer education classes have been studying small business set-ups and management skills. Students run their own companies using many business skills when producing and providing a service for their clients. Their company continually promotes their services, uses marking techniques, publishes financial reports and, most importantly, reflects on their future.

Birschbach teaches the progressive small business program — integrating academic skills into the work world.

“The event is a wonderful learning experience for eighth grade students who share the information with their fellow classmates,” Birschbach said.