TREP$ Students Learn During Small Business Week

April 05, 2017

Children who have had the experience of starting their own businesses should take part in a special week each year that recognizes the impact that small businesses make on our communities, our economy, and our culture.  This year, the celebration takes place from April 30-May 6, 2017.

“Every year since 1963 SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week honors the innovators who take a risk on an idea, invest in their communities and create jobs. Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, they make our neighborhoods vibrant places to live and work and fuel our nation’s economic strength.” explains SBA administrator Linda McMahon.

According to SBA, small businesses are responsible for two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S. each year. More than half of all Americans either work for or own a small business.

Encourage young people to grab their parents and visit the small businesses that are part of their community. After a TREP$ experience, shopping in their local store should take on a new meaning!  They should think about their experience starting a business and compare what they see.

  1. Merchandising:  How are items displayed?  Did they use height and props to make their products look more interesting?
  2. Signage: Are prices visible? Are signs used to explain things?  What do you notice about those signs?
  3. Staff:  Are sales people friendly? Do they welcome you to the store?  Are they knowledgeable? How does that make you feel?
  4. Prices:  Are products priced high, medium, low?  Are their any “specials” or is there a clearance section?  How does pricing influence your decision to purchase?

Now that they know what goes into running a business; there is so much to see, so much to learn every time they walk into a store.

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