Business Horizons


 

Get INVOLVED with Business Horizons!

Business Horizons brings together young people, educators and professionals from across the state to translate textbook theories into understandable business practices. Students learn what it takes to be successful from the classroom to the boardroom, while gaining mentors in the many volunteers who lend their time and expertise to the program. These volunteers play an immense role in the success of Business Horizons.

 
INDUSTRY ADVISORS

WHO:  Business professionals from various fields.

DESCRIPTION:  Industry Advisors are the pilots of the Business Horizons program. These week-long volunteers guide and mentor each Industry (10-12 students) through team-building activities, the computer business simulation and the development of their product. Advisors support their team as they navigate their way through a series of challenges while fostering a positive team environment. The Business Horizons Industry Advisor program is one of the best professional development opportunities available anywhere, at any price. All materials and curriculum are provided.

TIME COMMITMENT:  1-day training in June; 1-day training on Saturday prior to BH week; Full BH Week: Sunday-Thursday, 7:00am-8:00pm


JUDGES

Infomercial Judges

WHO:  Creative professionals in marketing, advertising, digital media, etc. 

DESCRIPTION:  After preparing a complete media rationale, each industry team will film and edit an infomercial to get the word out about their new product. It is the job of our judges to score each team’s infomercial based on creativity, strategy, clarity and ‚Äčoverall effectiveness during the live showing on the final day.

TIME COMMITMENT:  1 day - 2-3 hours (includes training)
 
Investor Judges

WHO:  Professionals in the fields of investment, finance and entrepreneurship.

DESCRIPTION:  At the end of the week, students prepare and deliver a formal investor presentation with hopes of convincing the team of investors in the room that their company will be a good investment based on their critical analysis of the market demand, target audience, and profitability of the venture. Investors are given full permission to ask the tough questions to determine who is worthy of their investment.

TIME COMMITMENT:  1 day - 3 hours (includes training)

HR Judges

WHO:  Human Resource professionals
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DESCRIPTION:  Business Horizons is all about allowing students to gain real-world experience, including how to prepare for a successful career and the steps needed to get there.  During the program, students participate in an interactive game challenging student teams to respond to questions on how best to prepare themselves for the working world.  As a judge, HR professionals provide feedback on the student’s responses on how to handle these real-world scenarios. 

TIME COMMITMENT:  1 day - 2 hours (includes lunch and training)


CONSULTANTS

WHO:  Business executives (current or retired) or SBA staff/volunteers

DESCRIPTION:  Consultants help to keep the industry teams on the right track with their business decisions and the business simulation (MESE game) students take part in throughout the week. These professionals provide feedback on each of the ten simulation decisions, and lend their support to industry teams as requested by students or Advisors. 

TIME COMMITMENT:  Varies

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