In the VESL class students learned about how start a business through a MiraCosta College Small Business Development Center presentation by Shannon Ilas, which was followed up with an entrepreneurship project. Working on teams to analyze local area demographics, students wrote business plans, gave their businesses names, created logos, came up with slogans, made business cards, and more. The project culminated in poster presentations made to students in the morning ESL classes. Business ideas were wide-ranging, from the “Magic Broom” housecleaning service, an elder care service, to “Pangea,” a multicultural café/art gallery. In the end, “Chat Bar,” a lounge where patrons use tabletop iPads to meet and chat with other patrons, a concept based on bars in Spain where tabletop telephones are used to call anyone in a bar at another table.
Olga explains her team's winning business concept, "Chat Bar."
Marta displays her team's thoroughly-researched business proposal for a full-service salon, "Go-Go Gorgeous."