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Virtual Enterprise International in Parkway continues its success

By: Bonnie Krueger

Global Goodies employees stand outside the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge to get some fresh air before the business plan oral presentation

It started with a hungry belly and a need for food. The idea turned into a business plan, market identification, a web page, budget and an international subscription box business. Sixteen Parkway West High student employees are running a business startup, Global Goodies VE, through the Virtual Enterprise International choice programming.

Class periods became business hours of operation, whereby employees in marketing, finance, communications and design finalized the business plan, designed the subscription boxes, selected the products, researched the nutritional facts for allergens and created a commercial.

Employees had four months to launch their business prior to traveling to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to compete in a Virtual Enterprise Southern Regional Trade Show competition.

“The booth planning involved a lot of planning with the team, brainstorming and pitching ideas. It was hard to agree what to do until we actually got there and got to see it. The way it was constructed was like a gallery display, with two sides, in order to maximize the space and most efficiently display the products,” HR employee Joon Bang said.

While at the trade show, employees competed in five national online competitions and six live competitions.

“We learned how to work together as a team, team building in the hotel and at the actual competition,” CEO Jackson Piles said. “We also learned how to make a sale. The competition was tough but we rose above the occasion and did well.”

Global Goodies VE placed first in the business plan competition, qualifying them for the Youth Business Summit in New York City.

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