Baldwin High School’s Virtual Enterprises Kick Year Off with Virtual Trade Show
Students in SuppLI and OneWorld Participate in Regional Event
Baldwin High School’s Virtual Enterprise (VE) teams, SuppLI and OneWorld, recently participated in the first regional tradeshow of the year, hosted by Virtual Enterprises International, an educational nonprofit supporting 15,000 students across the U.S. annually and that is part of a global network spanning over 40 countries and 7,500 student-run businesses. Students in VE assume leadership roles, such as CEO, create ventures, develop marketing plans, and conduct transactions with other simulated businesses around the world. The business course promotes college and career readiness amongst the high school students.
Both teams prepared for the trade show through their CEO leadership running demo days, elevator pitch practice and sales brainstorming. This year, OneWorld is run by Co-CEOs, Mateo Marquez and Chloe Cruz, while James Meyers serves as CEO for SuppLI.
“I enjoyed meeting different students from other schools and learning about how they use their VE period. It was stressful at times, but I figured out how to organize the sales rooms and stepped in when I needed to so we wouldn't lose any potential sales,” said Baldwin High School senior and OneWorld Co-CEO, Chloe Cruz.
“I like the experience because it is relatable to how I speak with customers in my part-time job. I want to start my own business, so this is good practice,” added Klevon Davis, who is also a senior at Baldwin High School.
The next event for both companies is the National Virtual Tradeshow on Thursday, December 9th.
About Baldwin High School’s Virtual Enterprise Companies
SuppLI, a simulated subscription box company dedicated to the sale of solely Long Island-based products, has received countless accolades over the years. Due to its remarkable success over the last few years, the Baldwin UFSD administration and business department at the high school launched a second VE firm, OneWorld, a growing non-profit merchandise vendor that partners with the charity sector.
Using ethically-sourced items, OneWorld assembles and distributes packages to socially-conscious patrons, diverting a portion of virtual revenue to charities of interest. By purchasing OneWorld packages, customers can satisfy their penchant for sustainable, unique items, with the guarantee that they will support socially responsible causes in the process. These packages are tiered between low-priced “Humble Bundles” and higher-priced “V.I.P – Very Important Philanthropist” options. For example, the environment packages include a donation to National Resources Defense Council, an organization dedicated to every person's right to clean air, clean water and a healthy community.
To learn more about these companies, visit www.supplivei.com and www.oneworldvei.com.