Lilly Hodge – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For the past 10 years, LRHS economics teacher Vito Bavaro has been teaching a business plan project to his classes. This consists of students creating a plan on how a business is going to sell and succeed. Students present their plan in a PowerPoint presentation to their peers.

Bavaro thinks this is a great opportunity for students to think and create something that they would love to do. The project mainly focuses on entrepreneurship and students putting themselves in a real life situation and trying to solve problems that come along with business planning.

“The project was a good learning experience and it was fun creating my own dream lifestyle and business,” said senior Abby Oswalt.

This class is an opportunity for seniors to see how money works in the real world. Students have learned how to save and create wealth and also have completed a notebook by watching videos by author and motivational speaker Dave Ramsey on how to manage and save money.

“I hope students have learned to keep themselves out of debt and how this is important for their future to build wealth,” Bavaro said.

After completing this project, students can be chosen to enter the final competition. Bavaro picks the best project, and in May 2017, the student whose project he chose will present their business plan in front of a panel of judges who are business professionals. The winner of this final competition will receive $300.

Most importantly, this project shows how students create new ideas, and life is all about loving what you do.