Steamboat Springs It's crunch time for the Future Business Leaders of America. The Routt County chapters are practicing and preparing for the District Leadership Conference that could earn the individuals entrance to the state competition.
But before that, the clubs at Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools also are running their local businesses and fundraisers to learn business skills hands-on.
In Hayden, FBLA members are using a concession machine as a fundraiser and a lesson in supply and demand.
Sponsor Greg Pieraccini said the club members also are looking for business sponsorships from around town to help raise awareness and the money needed to travel to the conference, held Feb. 2 in Grand Junction.
"I'm always impressed with the conference itself. It's a great chance for the kids to meet other kids around the area, which is always of interest to them," he said.
It's not just the competitions Pieraccini and the students are looking forward to - the students travel to Grand Junction a day early to watch the Super Bowl and get in some shopping before the conference starts.
Students at Soroco High School are running two businesses to raise the money needed to send their squad to the competition, sponsor Kipp Rillos said.
By selling coffee, tea, breakfast burritos and muffins at the school, in addition to concession stands at sporting events, the group is working to raise enough money to send its 20 students to compete.
The competitions range from public speaking about marketing to tests about business law. Steamboat Springs High School students even are using practice tests and workshops with sponsor Julie Brownell to prepare for the event.
Brownell said her squad will use a bake sale to raise the funds needed. Last year, the squad had 25 members qualify for state, but with only 20 members on the squad this year, recruitment also will be a project for the rest of the year.
"There's so much stuff on the tests you have to study for," said Steamboat FBLA officer Scott Frank, who is making a video for part of the competition.
The state competition usually is held during Steamboat's spring break, so even if students qualify, Brownell said this likely will be the last competition for this year.
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