Without the help from Familiar Grounds Coffee Shop, New London High School students would not have the opportunity to receive real-world learning experiences.
These students took those experiences and were able to run a Percy’s Pro Shop, a real world retail business, within the New London community. Because of the opportunities presented through Percy’s Pro Shop, Sam Porath, Maddie Schroeder, and Grace Mroczynski competed in the School Based Enterprise event at the state DECA competition held in mid-March at the Grand Geneva Hotel in Lake Geneva.
They were required to document how Percy’s Pro Shop implements the ten standards of marketing which include: finance analysis, operations, marketing-information management, product service management, pricing, distribution/channel management, promotion, selling, and human resources management.
They documented the standards in a fifty page manual and submitted their School Based Enterprise manual to the National DECA board and received Gold Certification.
The next step required their group to present about the human resources management standard at the state DECA competition. They presented about how the management team hires and trains the Percy’s Pro Shop employees.
They received first place at the Wisconsin State Conference. The win advances them to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida from April 24-29.
Percy’s Pro Shop would like to thank Familiar Grounds for all of their support. All of the students involved with Percy’s Pro Shop have learned so many valuable business lessons and have been able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real business which is beneficial to the students. They have also been able to enhance their skills such as communication, problem solving, and teamwork through their work at Percy’s Pro Shop.
The students are excited to continue the partnership with Familiar Grounds and they are already in the planning stages for our opening day next November.