Marketing class creates, operates its own business


June 28, 1994|By VICKI WELLFORD

If you tell marketing students at Arundel Senior High School to mind their own business, they'll probably reply, "Thank you, we already do."

Members of the Marketing 1 Class spent the second half of the school year participating in a Junior Achievement program that allowed them to own and operate their own store.

The student-run company, dubbed "Erked," was created from scratch by the group of 23 students who acted as owners, officers and staff.

The students wrote a business plan, selected officers and conducted market research. Based on their studies, the students chose products for their store and developed sales and advertising strategies.

The young businessmen and businesswomen also learned about maintaining accurate financial records, paying taxes, filing annual reports and liquidating the company at the end of the school year.

The three months of diligent effort was led by Gwen Dulla, president; Jeff Starr, vice president of marketing; Rob Garrett, vice president of finance; Evey Marchetti, vice president of human resources; J. C. Royalty, vice president of production; and Paul Bruffey, secretary.

Erked turned a profit and will be closing a successful venture with a visit to Adventure World for a tour of their marketing process.


A delay in getting county permits for kitchen renovation forced Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church to reschedule its Crab Cake Dinner Carry Out to July 9.

The event was slated to run on Father's Day, so the church will honor its offer of free cake to all fathers holding a ticket.

The new deadline for ticket sales is Sunday.

If you purchased tickets for June 18 and will be unable to use them on July 9, return them to the person who sold them to you for a refund.

The carryout will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Large platters include two 3-ounce crab cakes, potato salad, coleslaw, roll and butter for $8.

If you would like to buy tickets, call the church office at 674-2272.


Children will become junior scientists today when the Maryland Science Center brings its dinosaur show to the Provinces branch library.

Using a variety of props, the Science Center staff will teach children how scientists piece together information about dinosaurs and their habits by studying ancient rocks, tracks and bones.

Shows are at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration is not required for the free hourlong program. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The library is in the Severn Square Shopping Center on Route 175. For more information, call 222-7371.


The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a District 33 Candidates Forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 14.

The forum for delegate and state senatorial candidates will be held at the Piney Orchard Visitors Center, 2400 Stream Valley Drive in Odenton.

The forum will focus on issues important to the business community, including fiscal management, economic development, the environment, crime, education and health reform.

All candidates will be given the opportunity to respond in writing to questions that were mailed to them. The answers and candidates' literature will be distributed at the forum.

For more details, call Marcia Hall at the chamber office 672-3422.


The O'Malley Senior Center is offering a "Current Issues" course from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 6.

The class will explore where health care reform is heading, the consequences of "ending welfare as we know it," the conflicts in the Middle East, the impact of economic treaties on U.S. workers and the latest doings of county and state government.

The instructor, Howard Nickelson, holds a master's degree in political science and has been teaching this course at the Arnold Senior Center for several years.

Registration is required for this Anne Arundel Community College Continuing Education class.

The O'Malley Senior Center is at 1275 Odenton Road. For more information, call 222-6227.

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