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Albemarle Co. Students Present Entrepreneurial Ideas

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Henley Middle School student presents to class and a panel of experts. Henley Middle School student presents to class and a panel of experts.
Students completed and presented market analyses as part of the course. Students completed and presented market analyses as part of the course.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Homemade lip balm, an automated dog feeder, and a pair of high-tech shoelaces are just some of the creations Henley Middle School students are toying with.

The students are part of a class that teaches students how to create, market, and then sell and distribute unique, one-of-a-kind products.

These budding entrepreneurs presented their business class inventions Monday. Students came prepared to defend their work in front of a panel of expert judges.

Students not only had to present their products, they had to explain who their target audience is and why their product will benefit that specific group of people.

Students say they're walking away with some really valuable skills.

“People skills, definitely. Talking to people. Selling your product, making them want your product besides any other business that is our competitor," says Bevin Lexa.

Many students hope to eventually sell their products. Henley Middle School was the first school to offer this entrepreneurial course.

Now, many of the local middle and high schools offer similar business classes.

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