Youth Business Adventure hosts 29th year sessions

Youth Business Adventure hosts 29th year sessions Youth Business Adventure (YBA) recently completed its 29th annual sessions, hosting 211 high school seniors, along with educators and business executives from across the state during two week-long sessions. The first session was held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish while the second session was held at Dakota State University in Madison. Local participants included Lance Hubert and Tia Krier (elected CEO of her company) from Vermillion High School. Barbara Cole (USD Beacom School of Business) and Karl Johnson (eTelecare) served as company advisors (business mentors at the DSU session. At YBA, the students and educators gained vital information about the business world from those who work and live in that world, the business executives or â�?�?Company Advisorsâ�? and volunteer speakers. They also had the opportunity to gain college credits for their participation in the YBA sessions. In addition, the schedules included a tour of area businesses, Spearfish Forest Products and Dan Diegoâ�?�?s Tortilla Factory in Spearfish and Falcon Plastics, Inc. and Gehl Manufacturing in Madison. Companies competed in business management simulation, in a Business Quiz Bowl, produced a one-minute TV commercial, designed a company logo, participated in a problem solving activity and presented business plans before a panel of volunteer judges. Students also were entertained with evening activities of bowling, swimming and a dance. Since its inception in 1980, Youth Business Adventure has been sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a statewide business organization located in Pierre. The program is completely funded through contributions from generous South Dakota business, corporate and individual sponsors. Local sponsors include the Vermillion Civic Council and CorTrust Bank. Preparations are currently underway for the 30th annual sessions of the Youth Business Adventure program. The first session will be held at Black Hills State University, June 7-12, 2009, and the second at Dakota State University in Madison June 21-26, 2009. The daily newsletters from both 2008 campuses and closing slide shows can be found on the YBA Web site www.yba-sd.org, along with more information about the YBA program. For further information about Youth Business Adventure, contact the local participants, or call the YBA office at 1-800-742-8112.

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