By Jill Fox
Seven local high school business clubs received $1,000 each courtesy of The Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce helping students attend competitions at both regional and national levels.
The Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation supports the development of future leaders across Northwest Broward. Each year, they provide financial assistance to local schools to help fund the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and Business Professionals of America (BPA) programs.
In March, the Chamber’s Annual Night of the Stars Grand Gala raised $7,000 for local schools through live and silent auctions.
“The reason we do this is to coincide with the chamber’s mission of developing future leaders,” said Cindy Brief, president and CEO of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In each of the high school business organizations, students create entrepreneurial projects for local competitions, with the hope of advancing to national conferences.
“It’s really amazing what these kids are doing,” said Brief, “They’re incredible.”
At the Chamber’s Education Recognition breakfast this month, students showcased their projects to members of the community while networking with local business leaders.
Schools present were Coral Springs High School, Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs Charter High School, J.P. Taravella High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Coconut Creek High School and Monarch High School. All seven schools received $1,000 to help minimize expenses for the DECA and BPA competitions.
Brief said the Chamber worked with these clubs throughout the school year, to provide them with skills to help them in their future. Also, a committee of hard-working business leaders and educators volunteered to be mentors, practiced mock job interviews, and helped students find internships.
“One of the things that we are very cognizant of is the future workforce because businesses coming into our area need qualified employees,” said Brief, “It has been a great partnership.”