Morris Innovative High School business students and FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America, toured several downtown Dalton businesses, in recognition of American Enterprise Day on Nov. 15. The students talked to the owners about why they became entrepreneurs and learned about the businesses they operate.
George Woodward and Kristi Watson from the Downtown Dalton Development Authority coordinated the tours with the local businesses.
The students were excited to learn more about the businesses, sample their products and hear the business owners' perspectives of owning their own businesses. Nashly Orozco, business student and FBLA Member, said the field trip was a wonderful experience. "I want to visit the businesses again. It inspired me to have a business of my own."
Participating businesses were: The Freight Depot, Mama Wilson's Homemade Cookies And Cakes, Lama Development, Dalton Print Shop, Love Empanadas, Cherokee Brewing + Pizza Company, Oakwood Café (Lunch hosted By Kasey Carpenter), Dalton Chamber Of Commerce (Believe Greater Dalton), Escape Dalton and Baja Coop.
Sheila Yarbrough, MIHS Entrepreneurship Teacher and FBLA Advisor, said she appreciated the effort put in from the business owners to enlighten the students on what it takes to own a business. "Thanks to Mr. Woodward and Ms. Watson for coordinating such a great field trip for the students," she said.
Pictured from left to right: Student Michael Nolasco, Sheila Yarbrough, Entrepreneurship Teacher and FBLA Adviser, Students Ricky Aguilar, Giovanni Flores, Nashly Orozco, Natalie Cooper, Pedro Marcos, Fatima Lopez, Leydi Bellesteros, German Escobar, Eduardo Fraire, William Ramirez, Jessica Almazan, Carlos Schmid, Dalton Chamber of Commerce Director Rob Bradham, Downtown Dalton Development Authority Interim Director George Woodward, and MIHS teacher Sean Hefner.
Not pictured are Mr. Phil Rhiner, Graphics Communication Teacher and his students, Elvis Sebastian, Keenan Young, Edgar Vargas, Michelle Sanchez, Kaled Torres, Emilia Gandarilla and Liz Winters.