Today, students had the opportunity to hear a presentation from a local entrepreneur, Bert LaValley. LaValley started two successful businesses: Sustainable Comfort, a green building and property management company, and Deadhorse Hill, a restaurant in Worcester.
LaValley's presentation to students was an important part of their business plan project. He talked about what prompted him to start his own businesses, the many rewards and challenges of being in charge of a small business, and what he looks for in employees. Most importantly, he talked about the skills, qualities, and habits that he sees as crucial for success.
Students got a lot from his presentation. In the words of one student, "he told me that it is okay to take risks and that it won't always be easy." Getting to hear such a powerful message from a "real" business owner was an amazing opportunity for students.
The students were so well behaved and respectful during his talk. Special thanks to Bert LaValley for taking time out of his day to come talk to our students!