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Oregon High School students pitch their business ideas

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A list of the students’ businesses The Oregon High School’s 2018-19 Social Entrepreneurship Program’s participants are: • Isabelle Nelson, Le Fou Gâteau, – Makes custom cupcakes. • Abigail Hopkins, Sticky Solutions customized decals, – Provides classmates with the materials to promote their products and gives a portion of her profits to charity. • Jacob Blalock, Maestro Media

and Marketing, jacobtblalock3@ – He wants to help reduce the time businesses must spend marketing themselves by doing it for them. • Carter Fruin and Jonathan Acosta, Middle School Mayhem, – They want to promote a fun. competitive experience in which middle-schoolers earns a trophies playing dodge ball.


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• Friday, December 21, 2018

“It’s why I named my business the way I did,” Nelson said. “It translates to The Crazy Cake in French, because we give out free cupcakes. “You have to order cupcakes first to enter someone into the free cupcake drawing. Then, every two BY GAVIN T. JENSEN weeks I will draw a name out of the list who gets a dozen cupcakes hand-delivered by me.” Isabelle Nelson uses her delecNelson, one of the 18 students who table, custom-made cupcakes to presented their sweeten her socially conscious pitch to potential business ideas, investors in Le doesn’t measure Fou Gâteau, the her success by her Oregon High School’s Social 17-year-old’s busiprofit margins, Entrepreneurship Program is ness. but rather by self-funded and needs commu“I’ve been cookthe kindness she nity help in the form of donaing and baking spreads with her tions, investors and mentors. for as long as I confections. Contact Aaron Sitze at asican remember The program, to help. with my mom,” now in its second said Nelson, who year, is about to was displaying send this year’s her product Dec. 12 at Oregon High crop of kids into Phase 2: Now that School’s Social Entrepreneur Pro- they’ve come up with a business, gram’s Start-up Showcase held at they must launch and run it. Scoops – Steam Powered Subs and “The larger goal is to connect stu- ABOVE: Isabelle Nelson’s sales pitch was good, but her free samples were the icing on Deli. dents to the community,” instructor the cake BELOW: Ryan Lazansky talks to Jeff Hallock about his Blast from the Past Kayak The program is designed to teach Aaron Sitze said. Tours at Social Entrepreneur Program’s Start-up Showcase. Photos by Earleen Hinton seniors how to build a successful “We want to help them realize that business that has a social benefit at their own ideas can have an impact its core. here.”

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