UMass Dartmouth Charlton College Of Business Introduces High School Students To Entrepreneurship

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Charlton College of Business is reaching out to the SouthCoast region community this summer by instituting the first summer entrepreneurship program for high school students, grades ten through twelve

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Charlton College of Business is reaching out to the SouthCoast region community this summer by instituting the first summer entrepreneurship program for high school students, grades ten through twelve. 

This program, SAY-YES (Southcoast Aspiring Youth - Yearn to be EntrepreneurS), was organized by CCB Dean Eileen Peacock and Dr. Godwin Ariguzo, a lecturer in Marketing/Management Information Systems. It is sponsored by the New Bedford Global Learning Charter School and the Charlton College of Business and unique in that the students earn while they learn. Each student is paid federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. 

SAY-YES was created to introduce high school students to the realities and challenges of owning a small business. The students will learn how to develop professional business plans covering topics such as marketing, management, finance and accounting at the new Charlton College of Business building and work with distinguished professors and successful small business owners from the region. The students attend classes Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 11, through August 4, 2005. Lectures by distinguished professors and successful business owners from the region mixed with field trips to regional businesses combine to help students sharpen their business and creative skills. 

Upon completion of the program, the students will present their business plans for judging. The top three business plans will be awarded $800 each to help start their own businesses. The awards ceremony will take place on August 4, 2005. 

There is no cost to the student for this program. The North Dartmouth Wal-Mart donated the business attaché case. The Charlton College of Business donated calculators to each student and books and supplies are provided free of charge. A free shuttle bus transports the students to the University campus and to area businesses. 

Regional businesses leaders participating in this program are Mr. Ron Fortier, Marketing Vice President of Dartmouth Building Supply; Mr. Robert Boisselle, Business Development, MediaConcepts Marketing Communications; Mr. Frank Baptista, Founder of Radio Voz Do Emigrante (WSAR/WHTB); Mr. Dave Bouchard, President of Ameramesh Technologies, Inc; Attorney Nina White Wilever of Fall River; Mr. Trey Whalley, Financial Advisor, Met Life; Mr. Mark Smith, President of Factory Five Racing; Ms. Lisa Szargowicz, CPA of Rosenfield, Raymon, & Pielech; Mr. Francis Cox, President of Dorothy Cox's Chocolates; Mr. Manny Pinarreta, Distributor Manager, Heineken; and Mr. Karl Hetzler, President of H&S Tool & Engineering. 

Dr. Eileen Peacock assumed the position of Dean of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth less than one year ago. She has worked from the outset to involve the faculty of the Charlton College of Business in her efforts to foster economic development in the South Coast Region. Dean Peacock is often quoted as saying: 
"Our faculty rely on their passion for teaching, draw inspiration from their research, and translate experiences gained from working in the real world to help prepare our students for global and ethical leadership." 


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