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Students complete entrepreneur program

Sep 03, 2013

DES MOINES — The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation announces Fairfield High School students Francesca Greco and Madison Reifsteck were graduates of the 2013 Business Horizons program, held July 21-25 at Central College in Pella.

Business Horizons program is a summer experience focused on entrepreneurship and leadership and is one of several leadership programs administered by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation.

Throughout the week, the future leaders had the opportunity to live on a college campus, learn from experts and experiment with business ideas. Attendees worked in teams to:

• launch a new product;

• make financial decisions via a business simulation about their operations;

• create a marketing plan and a television infomercial;

• prepare and deliver a 10-minute formal presentation to investors; and

• participate in a trade-show.

Students also met with more than 100 successful business leaders and worked with their peers to learn the traits and strengths necessary to become successful entrepreneurs. Tours to Pella Corporation, Vermeer Corporation, Heritage Lace and Van Gorp Corporation completed the agenda.

In addition, a media track, sponsored by the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, allowed students interested in this career field to work as a communications team. The media track participants created a news publication, learned social and digital media strategy, photography and reported on the program’s activities.

“For 30 years Business Horizons has been providing a week long entrepreneurial learning experience for our high students. Our nearly 3,000 graduates of the program have gone on to do great things at their schools and businesses. Each Iowa high school student should attend this program,” said Karen Rieck, FBL financial and chairwoman, Business Horizons Board.

The 2014 program will be July 20-24 at Central College in Pella. To view the 2013 projects or to learn more on the program, visit www.businesshorizonsiowa.com.

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