Turning BHS students into business entrepreneurs

By Kelly McCarthy

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton High School students took a break from classroom learning and were challenged to create their own successful business.

A group of Binghamton High School students developed their own company called Tri Cities Aura, selling rally towels, draw string bags, and long sleeve t-shirts to BHS alumni and the community.

Students between 10th and 12th grade controlled the business from creation until liquidation (when the class ended for the semester). For many of the employees, learning how to run a business taught them a few life lessons.

"You have to be there every day, you have to be on top of it," said 11th grader Erianna Cooper, Vice President of Productions, "Sometimes be ahead of the game, you have to stay in communication with all departments and very understanding."

Tri Cities Aura started off with $150 and generated more than $3,000 of revenue and more than $1,100 of profit.

The business' success gave many of the students an interest in furthering a career in business.

"It's really made me more interested in doing a lot more research into what this career would be one day," said 12th grader Matt Ealy, CEO of Tri Cities Aura, "Maybe being CEO of another business or a business of my own as a entrepreneur."

The students liquidated their business before going on winter break and donated more than $700 of profit to five local charities.

The entrepreneurship class took part in running A Junior Achievement Company. The program is sponsored by the Greater Binghamton Educational Outreach Program (GBEOP), a subsection of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.