The Ingredients for Success

The Ingredients for Success

Students in the KidsTek Business Computing class at Adams City High School welcomed Lindsey Mussel as part of our ongoing entrepreneur guest speaker program. Lindsey is the founder and owner of A Piece of Cake Wedding and Events and she brings a wealth of experience with a combination of non-profit, corporate and volunteer event planning. Lindsey shared her recipe for starting a successful business with the class:
1. HEAT up an idea by starting with something that you enjoy and that motivates you
2. MIX in a dose of hard work and determination
3. GREASE public interest by creative marketing, using the skills taught in the KidsTek Business Computing class
   – design and create interesting business cards
   – register a domain name
   – create a website
4. BLEND together your contacts and network to get the word out
5. FOLD in experts as needed, such as a graphic designer and legal and tax counsel
6. DRIZZLE in best business practices by using the skills taught in the KidsTek Business Computing class – create spreadsheets and workbooks in Microsoft Excel to track things such as expenses, income and clients
   – use Microsoft Word to create professional documents
   – educate your clients with Power Point presentations
7. SEASON with individuality and uniqueness
   – Lindsey recommends a balance of work, family and community service to give a business the perfect flavoring
8. BAKE together with clear and concise communication for best results
Lindsey inspired the students to make the most of their educational opportunities, especially continuing their technology education, as skills learned now will be sure to benefit them in both college and the business world.  Based on Lindsey’s presentation, the students are looking forward to learning and incorporating pivot tables in Excel later this semester.  Lindsey assured them that learning the procedure will be a huge time saver and assist them in a variety of projects.
The weekly guest speaker program is available through KidsTek at North High School in Denver and Adams City High School in Commerce City and allows students to explore a wide variety of career and educational options. We are still scheduling speakers at both schools for April and May 2015. If you are interested in visiting and sharing your expertise with our students, please contact KidsTek Program Specialist Lysa Stewart at lysa@kidstek.org.
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