Ludlowe recognizes small businesses


Fairfield Ludlowe High School students talk to small business owners during Small Business Appreciation Day on Dec. 11, sponsored by the school’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America.

The Fairfield Ludlowe High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America held its first Small Business Appreciation Day on Dec. 11.

Throughout the school day, club members utilized skills learned in the classroom to create a marketing campaign with the purpose of conveying the importance of small businesses, both within the national economy and local Fairfield community, to the student body.

The club worked in collaboration with the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and its executive director, Beverly A. Balaz, to bring in 10 different local businesses to the school. The businesses included The Authentic Athlete, Aqua-Lawn, Capitol Photo Interactive, Chloe’s Closet, Synergy of Sport Crossfit and Chiropractic, Fairfield Interior Design, The Flip Flop Shop, The Inn at Fairfield Beach, The Mathnasium and Sun Wind Solutions.

“We were so happy to be part of this event,” Balaz said. “It is important for students to understand, and recognize, the importance of supporting community small businesses… and to also understand the spirit of entrepreneurship as a viable option as a career path.”

The businesses set up booths in the main lobby from 10 am. to noon, displaying samples of their work and discussing how they got started in their business. Students were given the opportunity to speak directly with representatives and the owners of the businesses about topics such as how a small business operates, challenges they face when competing with larger corporations and what it is like to be small business owner.

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