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Business Leaders Coach Student Entrepreneurs, “I knew if I took something I was passionate about, it would make my business (plan) even better,” said ninth grader Derek Russell after explaining his custom T shirt, poster and bracelet business idea during a Scorp Tank assembly, a showcase of student entrepreneurship, March 3 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. Russell, 14, was explaining his artistic passions to a panel of educators and business development leaders. Several students presented a business model and its funding needs to the panel and a gathering of economics students.

“We talked about failure, and even when you do fail, you’re not really failing as long as you learn something,” said ninth grader Anahi Aken, 14, after pitching her lipstick production business idea. Color Cosmetics will use affordable, all-natural ingredients, including coconut oil and wax-based pigments, she said.

“Imagination,” said Rick Gretz, a consultant specializing in business and franchise development, “being able to see your dream and look at it every day works magic in bringing it into fruition. So, don’t ever give up.”,

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