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High School Student Create Business To Benefit Local Charities

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You wouldn't expect a successful start-up company to come from a group of high-school students but this group of 14 students with BOCES' New Visions Business Academy took $2,500 and an idea and more than doubled their money.

Students from the program shared their business plan from conception to liquidation. They created a phone charger reinforcer that they sold at $4.99 per unit.

"They're able to run an actual company. They are dealing with real people, real money, real customers..," said New Visions Business Academy instructor, Julie Keenan

"I really learned how to delegate tasks and work with others without seeming, condecsending..you like, you go do this and you go do that," said Johnson City Highschool Senior, Nancy Wang

The reinforcer that they created attaches to the end of an phone charging cable and extends the life of the cable so you don't have to keep buying them.

The students say this experience help them to get a step closer to what career path they might take.

"I didn't know what I wanted to do and I thought maybe finance, but through the program I learned that wasn't really for me and I learned a lot more about myself and who I wanted to be in the business world," said Chenango forks Senior, Ava Hudak

It also provided a way for them to give back to the community with a $1,000 contribution to A Room To Heal" and another $1000 to the Shaw family, whose daughter Maddie is battling cancer.

"Our daughter has been battling caner for the last couple of years and we had a devastating fire in our house, so there's been a large outpouring of support from the community which is just completely incredible and awesome," said VP of Members Services, Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerece, Amy Shaw.

Discovering this passion with local businesses also might persuade these students to stick around the area and help grow the local economy.

"We have about 800 businesses that actively participate with us, these students are the future employees of these businesses," said Shaw.

"They're just coming into their careers, I'm just going out of mine. We need people to fill that gap," said National Pipe President, Dave Culbertson.

A gap these 14 students just might fill