Gary Tomlinson, President of the NC Executive Roundtable (NCER), announced that VEI Students will present their Business Plans to prepare for a national competition at NCER’s March luncheon.
This kind of encouragement for young, aspiring entrepreneurs is very much in keeping with NCER’s Mission and an excellent opportunity to provide valuable feedback and support to a special group of students representing North Carolina at the national level. A copy of The EDGE’s business plan will be included for attendees to preview, and there will be time for Q&A following their presentation. Your participation and tough questions will hone their skills in the presentation and defense of their business plan. All NCER Members are urged to attend.
What is Virtual Enterprise International (VEI)?
VEI is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning in entrepreneurship, global business planning, problem solving, communication, personal finance and technology. VEI replicates all the functions of real businesses in both structure and practice. Students create and manage their virtual businesses from product development, production and distribution to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting and finance, and web design.
VEI firms engage in trade with over 5,000 other Virtual Enterprise firms across the nation and worldwide. Mirroring the real world, VEI firms offer diverse products and services – from banking, insurance, and technology to publishing, advertising, app creation, tourism, and fashion. All VEI transactions are facilitated through a virtual banking system that connects all of the firms. Participating students are business savvy and fiercely competitive.
The Edge’s team, which is from Granville Central High School includes:
Facilitator: Tom Cook
The student names (Left to right)
Mikaela Wade (Design)
Zoe Hodgin (Purchasing)
Courtney Conway (CEO)
Li-Tehya Marks (CFO)
Star Yancey (COO)
Savannah Wilson (HR)
Tom Cook, North Carolina Coordinator for Virtual Enterprises International, Inc., will accompany The EDGE for this program and will open with a brief overview of what VEI is and some background about how it has developed in North Carolina. Tom is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S in Management Science and Information Systems and earned his Masters in Education from Temple University. He lives in Wake Forest and has won several awards for teaching and coaching and has led students to back-to-back State Championship awards in Business Plan Competitions (NC 2013, 2014.) He is also a Charter Member of the Governor’s Teacher Network 2014-15. Tom is also an Ultimate Frisbee coach, who led a team to the Pennsylvania State Championship in 2009.
The Boxes Galore team, which is from South Granville High School includes:
Facilitator: Mark Jones
The student names (Left to right)
Dallas Brock (Accounting)
Baileigh Million (CFO)
Chad Rimmer (Sales)
Skylar Chavis (CEO)
Jenna Morrill (Marketing)
Mark Jones will be accompanying Boxes Galore to the Executive Roundtable. Mark is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Oneonta with a B.S. in Business Education, and earned his Master’s in Education from Walden University. Mark is the facilitator for both Adrenaline Records, and Boxes Galore out of South Granville High School in Creedmoor. He resides in Wake Forest, and is currently in his 12th year of being a public school teacher, and in his 6th year of teaching Virtual Enterprises.