|Who Are Your TREP$ Stand-Outs?|| April 2011|
Thanks to your wonderful recommendations to friends and family, TREP$ just keeps growing and more schools are joining our TREP$ family. Just look at the list of Upcoming Marketplaces on the right side bar! We do our best to attend as many as possible, but if we can't attend yours, please remember to send us your best innovators and we will invite them to become "Spotlight Kids" like those below. They will be featured in our monthly newsletter and their stories will become a part of the TREP$ Website to inspire other children. Click here to submit email addresses for those you recommend we contact.
We are all inspired when we hear from the kids about their experience in small business ownership. They are honest about what went right and what went wrong. They are eager to learn and do it better the next time. That's what it's all about. We are all on this lifelong learning journey and with each day we become better prepared for tomorrow.
Thanks so much for all you do,
Pamela and Hayley
For your TREP$ Team!
Thanks to a request from Carina in Cooperstown, we are now offering TREP$ Team Buttons for your Teachers and Parent Volunteers to wear at the Marketplace. $20 for a dozen.
Click here to order, or request them when you order your workbooks and aprons.
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Meet Emi, owner of "Emi's Menagination"
I'm Emi Sato and I'm in the 7th grade in Glen Ridge. My business is Emi's Menagination, and I sold cell phone charms and zipper pulls in the TREP$ Market place. I designed different animal shapes (panda, alpaca, penguin, cat, turtle, and cow) with my mom, molded them with clay, baked them, painted them, then glazed them over. I chose this business idea because I recently found out that I couldn't strap my cellphone with the cellphone charms I bought at the store, so I decided to make my own.
The most fun part about the whole process was selling the charms and painting them with my mom. The challenge was definitely trying not to get them dirty and molding every individual animal. I made 96 charms, and it took about 3 weeks to make them all. I'm not really sure if I will continue the business next year, but I'm proud that I paid off my debt and earned a profit. I borrowed $100 from my mother to start the business. After paying her back, I earned a profit of $160.
When people came to my stand, they would usually ask me how I made the product, pick them up and feel them, and/or tell me that they were cute. It made me feel good that I was able to sell so many. I sold over 80 charms at the marketplace. I do think some people I know are more impressed with me. I'm known for my sketching and drawing, but now they know other sides of my creativity.
Meet Marco, of "Schuyler Sports Concepts"
My name is Marco Caprioni and I am an 11 year old student from Schuyler Colfax Middle School located in Wayne, NJ. I really enjoy sports. When I joined TREPS and had to come up with an idea for a business I knew it had to involve sports. The idea began with mini stress footballs with the school name. We can all get a little stressed out at times. This item could appeal to almost everyone in the school. The more people interested in my product the more successful my business would be. I then started thinking of names. I decided on "Schuyler Sports Concepts".
During the workshops I learned that the MARKETPLACE would attract many people. Since I would have such a large audience I quickly decided to expand my line. This then included Schuyler Sports Bags in red and white. These bags could be used for holding books, gym clothes, lunch etc. These bags would also promote school awareness.
With the help of my Mom we started to make calls to many manufacturers. The challenge was to get a nice bag and keep it very affordable. I wanted everyone to have an opportunity to buy the Schuyler Sports Bag as well as the Schuyler Stress ball. We decided on the manufacturer that gave us the most for our money. We had to approve layouts and orders. We then went into production.
I had an initial order of 50 Schuyler Sports Bags and 50 Schuyler Stress balls. Once they arrived I had to prepare them for sale. With the help of my Mom we stuffed and packaged the sports bags and stress balls. With the MARKETPLACE only one day away I didn't know what to expect. When the day came and the doors opened I knew the idea would be a success.
Another major highlight was the appearance of Wayne Township Mayor Chris Vergano along with Board of Education members, teachers and administrators. They had come for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to support all the businesses. Mayor Vergano mentioned in his speech that he himself had attended Schuyler Colfax Middle School. When Mayor Vergano came to my booth I presented him with his own Schuyler Sports Bag, I hoped it would remind him of the years he had spent at Schuyler. He even told me he would display the bag in his office. Thank you Mayor Vergano. Thanks also to all the teachers, parents, grandparents and friends for all you support.
I kept a sales inventory sheet so that I would know exactly how many bags I sold and how much money I should have. The bags were $6.00 and the stress balls were $2.00. A portion of all proceeds would be donated to Schuyler Colfax Middle School. I sold 38 bags and 30 stress balls for a total of $288. This was more than I had expected. I was excited.
On the day after the MARKETPLACE all of Schuyler was talking about TREPS. The entrepreneurs were comparing their profits. It was great to see the teachers displaying their bags and stress balls. Some students even came up to me with additional requests. The teachers mentioned how proud we all made them. It was a great experience and I look forward to continuing with my business.
Meet Cassie, owner of "Soap-a-licious!"
Hi. My name is Cassie Zoetjes and I am a thirteen year old who goes to Reverend Brown School. I recently was a part of the TREP$ Marketplace and it was a great success for me. At first, I really wanted to do Bottle Grippers. But after much consideration, I thought I could've come up with something better. This is when I needed to change my whole business plan.
So I decided that I wanted to make soaps, but I wanted them to appeal to kids and teens. I wanted to come up with a way to make a lot of money by encouraging kids and teens to practice better hygiene. This is when I automatically started to think of ways to "draw in" different age groups. I thought cute soaps with great scents and designs would be a great idea. This was the start to one of my biggest successes; Soap-a-Licious by Cassie.
I knew that this business would take a lot of time and effort to turn out right. Up until the marketplace, I was researching the ingredients in the soap; making a quality product was very important to me. Figuring out the different ways to display my product, different scents to use, different colors, and different shapes to make the soap was lots of fun. The biggest challenge I faced was trying to figure out how much supplies to order, because I didn't know how the turn out of the Marketplace would be. I estimated how many people I thought would come and ordered my supplies based on that. Once I got all of my supplies in, my business officially started.
I decided to make cupcakes, crayons, hearts, soapsicles, and mini wrapped candy soaps. I made them all in an array of different colors and scents. Some of the scents included Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Orange Creamsicle, Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, and Watermelon. I made 36 cupcakes, 41 soapsicles, 24 hearts, 45 mini candies, and 17 crayons. I thought I was definitely going to sell out of the soapsicles and cupcakes. I was wrong! I did sell out of my cupcakes, but I also sold out of my crayons; exactly what I thought I wouldn't sell out of. I was left with 12 soapsicles, 4 hearts, and 15 mini candies. I made $593.00 which meant I made a $236.00 profit. I was so happy to hear I made almost $600.00, but was disappointed when I had to pay about half of it back for my supplies and advertising.
While at the Marketplace, I got many comments about my table display and products. Some of these remarks included, "Wow, you did an excellent job," or, " I will definitely keep you in mind for my next events!" My favorite comment was, " I would give your table and products an A+ if this was graded." These comments gave me more confidence, and a more positive outlook on my business.
Since my business was a great success, appealing to many people, I plan to continue. Right now I am working at home and I am taking many orders. I have also included many different soap designs to improve my product line. If I keep doing well, I hope to open my own store in the near future. Trep$ has taught me many things about owning a business, and I will keep that in mind when I become a millionaire! By the way, can I interest you in buying any soaps?!
Meet Marissa, Social Entrepreneur
Hi! My name is Marissa Cobuzio and I'm an 8th grader at Walter T. Bergen School in Bloomingdale, NJ. I recently participated in my second TREP$ Market Place.
My journey started way back, almost 7 years ago! I've always had a deep passion for animals. At the age of 6, I started donating money to my local animal shelter. I raised the money by running lemonade stands, holding a carnival, selling cookies and juice at local soccer games, and saving my allowance.
Ever since I was young, I've enjoyed thinking up business ideas, but I also knew I wanted to volunteer my time to help animals. Two years ago, I was finally allowed to volunteer at our shelter. Later, my TREP$ partner, Erica Steenstra, joined my mom and me in our weekly volunteer shift. Ever since, Erica and I have been donating money and supplies as well as our time. Our biggest donation of all, so far, was made possible by the profit we made through the TREP$ program. Erica and I were able to make enough money to buy the shelter a brand-new, large-capacity dryer. This is something they desperately needed.
I have participated in TREP$ twice. My first year I worked by myself running a business called Sweet Dreams. I made and sold tye-dyed pillow cases. On some of them I sewed on fabric shapes to make them stand-out. That was a huge success and I still have people asking me if I'll be making more! That year, I donated half of my profit to the shelter.
This past year, Erica and I worked together to create and make stylish bandannas, beds, and yummy treats for pets. We called our business Critter Creations. I was really motivated to make this Trep$ Market Place an especially successful one because, as I said before, we intended to use our profit to buy the shelter a brand-new dryer. We succeeded!
Our bandannas were all different sizes and patterns and were made with a Velcro closure. We picked out the fabric, cut the patterns, and sewed them ourselves (with Mom's supervision). We even added little hand-made fabric designs to make them different from an average pet bandanna. We only had a couple left over and we gave them to the shelter where they were used to enhance the dogs' photos used on the shelter's website. The beds were made with fabric and fluff and were a big hit. We were sold out of those by the end of the night. As for the treats, they were also home made from recipes that we researched and found on the internet. The treats were tested for tastiness by Tiger (my dog), KC (my cat), and Zoe (Erica's dog). In addition to the animal products, Erica and I also sold handmade wooden bubble gum machines which we assembled ourselves. We felt that it was a good business idea to have something for those who don't own a pet.
TREP$ is more than just an after school activity. I really learned a lot from the workshops and the Market Place experience. Trep$ teaches you how to come up with a good product, figure out who would buy your product, determine fair but profitable pricing, develop good advertising, and keep track of your money and loans. TREP$ also helped me learn how to approach customers, how to work with other people, and how to have things done by a dead line, etc. I'm not going to lie, my partner and I had our fair share of disagreements; however, this definitely taught me how to make reasonable compromises. We both worked through our differences and this, without a doubt, taught me a life-long skill.I definitely enjoyed TREP$ very much, and constantly raved about it to my friends. Several of them mentioned the program at their school and they now have the TREP$ program, too. TREP$ truly gives you a feel for the business world; everyone should have a chance to participate in this outstanding program.
TREP$ is TRADEMARKED
Use of the TREP$ name without our permission is illegal. If you would like items with TREP$ on them please ask us and we will look into offering them. This is how the aprons, calculators, banners and buttons became available. To be fair to you, we make them VERY affordable. Please be fair to us and respect our trademarked name. (One exception- signage to publicize the marketplace. Go For It! Even though we offer banners, you have our permission to make signs to bring in a crowd!)
TREP$ Banners Now Available!
Due to popular demand, we've added TREP$ Banners to our line of products! There are a few options. This one is 2.5'x6' and fits beautifully into this inexpensive banner stand.
Click here to request more information on banners.
Come see the crowd,
hear the buzz,
listen to the sales-pitches,
and feel the ENERGY!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Stillwater School, Stillwater, NJ
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Lounsberry Hollow School,
Friday, April 15, 2011
Walter T Bergen School, Bloomingdale, NJ
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Upper Greenwood Lake School,
Friday, April 29, 2011
West Milford, NJ
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Cedar Hill School, Towaco, NJ
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Golden Hill School, Florida, NY
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy,
Friday, May 20, 2011
Frankford Twp School
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Mountain Lakes, NJ
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Green Hills School
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Fredon School, Fredon, NJ
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|We would like to thank the following organizations for their ongoing support:|
Lakeside Middle School
Pompton Lakes, NJ
West Milford, NJ
Memorial Middle School
Cedar Grove, NJ
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy
St Paul, MN
Cedar Hill School
Oxford Central School
Schuyler Colfax School
Frankford Twp School
Sussex Avenue School
Clarke County School District
Golden Hill Elementary
Jawahir Al Riyadh Int'l School
Future Window Int'l School
Al Ghad School
Mountain Lakes, NJ
Ridgewood Ave School
Glen Ridge, NJ
Richard Butler Middle School
West Hall Middle School
Gilmour Academy Lower School
Gates Mills, OH
King Khaled Int'l School,
The Star School,
Lecole Soleil Levant,
New Brunswick, Canada
Tumeh Family Home School
Al Yasmin Int'l,
Yara Int'l School,
Cobb Cnty District,
Cobb Cty, GA
New MiddleEast Int'l,
White Rock School,
West Milford, NJ
Green Hills School,
Maple Road School,
West Milford, NJ
West Milford, NJ
West Nyack, NY
Hasbrouck Hts, NJ
Walter T Bergen MS,
Oak Ridge, NJ
Straight from NorthJersey.com
Walking Sticks for Sale in Cedar Grove
Verona-Cedar Grove Times
Jonathon Hagarty created "Take a Hike" to sell his walking sticks at the TREPS Marketplace, which was held recently in the Cedar Grove Memorial School gym.
A crowd filled the gym as young entrepreneurs set up shopping booths. More than 150 students sold their business products in what was part of the after-school TREPS program, which teaches business practices to young, trendy entrepreneurs.
New to TREP$?
With the mission of empowering each child with an entrepreneurial mindset, TREP$ is working to improve the futures of today's youth.TREP$ (short for enTREPreneurS), is an after-school program in which children in grades 4-8 are taught everything they need to know to start their own businesses in about 6 weeks. The program ends with a large scale flea-market style event called The TREP$ Marketplace, giving the new entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch their businesses, selling real products to real customers for real money! Talk about a motivating experience. Winner of NJPTA'S Champion for Children Award, TREP$ is helping many schools around the world teach important skills while engaging and motivating the children. The program has been featured on NJN's Classroom Close-Up as well as ASCD's Education Update.Link to TREP$ WebsiteLink to Classroom Close-UpLink to Education Update