Virtual Enterprise is a business class run completely by the students. Since the start of school, the V.E. classes have been hard at work creating their business plans and strategies for the upcoming competition in Bakersfield at the Rabobank Arena.
Third period V.E.'s company, Abeille, is, in the words of CEO Raquel Friedmann, “A fictitious beekeeping business.” Friedmann's primary job is to run the class along with CFO (chief financial officer) Edith Esparza.
“We just mailed off our business plan to Bakersfield along with our catalog, commercial, website, and newsletter. We are trying to make a spectacular business presentation that will get us to nationals,” Friedmann said.
“Some of the things we are trying to accomplish right now,” said Esparza, “are preparing the company for the competitions. In the business plan team we have written our script for our oral presentation. Now we just need to memorize our lines and of course rehearse our presentation until it is perfect.”
The IT department, lead by Vice President Daiton Hawks, has designed the logo and banner, created a commercial, and put together a website. They have also made business cards and ID badges for everyone in the class, plus all teachers traveling to Bakersfield.
Students have their goals set high. Walter Garcia, Vice President of Sales said, “I am looking forward to qualifying to nationals and winning it!”
Vice President of Public Relations Elena Perez is excited for “winning state competitions and moving on to our next win in New York!”
Hawks wants to end high school with a “Successful and fun year with all the great people in Abeille.”
Vice President of Human Resources Laura Vasquez said she is anticipating “creating a working culture for our class. [I am] ready to compete in more Human Resources competitions. However, the most important thing is gaining more experience. I love my position. This is something I really want to major in.”
The competition takes place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in Bakersfield's Rabobank Arena.