The Many Colors of Success
Bear Valley Unified School District
What better way to learn what it is like to be an entrepreneur than by visiting a small business enterprise in person? Students at Big Bear High School’s Entrepreneurship class learned what it takes to run a business on a recent field trip to Color Me Mine studio at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.
As a former studio franchise owner, teacher Darrel Gardner knows exactly what it takes to run your own business. After receiving a field-trip request from a student, Gardner pursued his former connections with the corporate office of Color Me Mine and the plan began to unfold. The local franchise owner eagerly agreed to host the students.
In preparation for the visit, the students began to formulate questions based upon the materials and concepts they had learned in class, such as: What demographics do you appeal to? How do you like working with a franchise? Would you recommend previous experience in business before opening your own?
On the day of the visit, the business owner graciously spent over an hour with the students and shared her story of what it is like to be an entrepreneur, answering their questions and filling their inquisitive minds with first hand knowledge. The students also painted their own ceramics, spent quality time with each other and the business owner, and reflected on what they had been taught in class.
According to student Corbin Harris, “It’s because of this interview that I would like to first open up a franchise before going on to open my own business. Thank you very much ROP for giving us the chance to go on this amazing field trip!”