The second annual Entrepreneur Day at Allendale Columbia School took place on Friday, May 3rd. John Sullivan, Lower School Director, and Martha Bjorklund, Enrichment Specialist, were in charge of the event. Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students set up businesses and sold their handmade products to the school community. Profits from the day will be donated to Crosby’s Fund, a local charity for pediatric cancer research at the Wilmot Cancer Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital at The University of Rochester, NY. This charity was chosen by the participating students. This day provided many opportunities for our students. It gave them a chance to understand how a business is built and how it runs. It next allowed the students to be creative and original in their thinking as they develop products for their business. Finally, it afforded them the opportunity to feel the gift of giving to an organization that benefits other people.
In preparation for Entrepreneur Day students were required to complete a business plan, decide either to be a sole proprietor or form a partnership, and spend time making their products in preparations for the event. Four local Entrepreneurs came to speak to the students before Entrepreneur Day.
- Keith Wilson CFO of Sweetwater Energy
- Penelope Pankow of F. Oliver’s Oils & Vinegars (read more about Penelope’s visit here)
- Tanvi Asher owner of Peppermint
- Andy August owner of Park Ave. Bike Shop
Each speaker offered their advise, shared their expertise on how to run a successful business, and told the students many stories about starting and running their own businesses.
Entrepreneur Day gave the Allendale Columbia Lower School students the experience of what it is like to own and operate a business. It was a wonderfully creative day with so many original items being made and sold.
“The learning that takes place is exciting and authentic, and that is what we are all about at Allendale Columbia.” said Martha Bjorklund, Enrichment Specialist.
Over $1000.00 dollars were raised for Crosby’s Fund, and everyone in the school community enjoyed the experience.
Posted in: Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Lower School, Third Grade
Penelope really captured everyones attention by promising to share a couple of business secrets with us! The first being that she is about to open her fourth brick and mortar location here in Pittsford, near Allendale Columbia! Students were curious about what this meant. She explained that just a few years ago online shopping had not yet made its debut and all stores were referred to as brick and mortar.
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The second secret she shared was the story behind the name F. Oliver’s. They chose the name Oliver because it sounds a little like olive oil. Felix is the name of Penelope’s cat, so she took the F and then added Oliver’s to make it sound like someone’s name. Penelope explained that naming a business is important. She chose a business name that sounded like a person’s name so he customers would feel invited and comfortable.
The students have been enjoying F. Oliver’s delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar at our salad bar! Today there was blood orange olive oil and pomegranate vinegar. We appreciate Penelope taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak with us in preparation for Entrepreneur Day (May 3, 2013). We hope you will be able to join our students for this exciting event!
Posted in: Lower School