Dec 21, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY — Starting a business and turning a profit can sometimes take years of trial and error. But in the span of just one semester, Westminster first-year business students created a real company that not only made money, it also benefited local nonprofit groups.
Students in Westminster’s Business 101 class (section 1 and section 2) learned far more than the textbook basics of business: They learned how to create and manage a real start-up company. Business 101 students conducted market research, then selected customized merchandise that they sold to fellow students and the Sugar House community. The company was a success.
Students in the section 1 class provided more than 80 service hours and donated materials from their $750 profit to the Sharing Place, a nonprofit for grieving children. Section 2 provided more than 100 service hours and $500 in materials donated by Sherwin Williams to The Road Home, an emergency shelter. They also donated $700 in children’s toys to Candy Cane Corner in support of The Road Home.
“The families are continuously commenting on just how amazing their newly painted room looks,” said Kat Kahn, volunteer coordinator at The Road Home. “We truly appreciate everything the students did for us.”
Professors Gail Avendano, Richard Haskell, Alysse Morton and David Perry designed the class to provide students with valuable experience in real-world business operations. The students utilized skills in communication, business writing, analysis and financial calculations.
“Our small class sizes and mentoring approach to teaching allows students in their first year of business classes to tackle projects that are normally associated with upper-division courses,” said Alysse Morton, management professor in Westminster’s Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. “This class builds important enterprising skills needed to be successful in any professional environment.”