Jess McCullen (not pictured), Lisa Cheeseman, Mitchell Turner, Keira Blaney and Mitchell Burland (not pictured) recently took part in the Business Skills Program.
Jess McCullen (not pictured), Lisa Cheeseman, Mitchell Turner, Keira Blaney and Mitchell Burland (not pictured) recently took part in the Business Skills Program. The Advocate

Tie-dyed laces win nationally

IF you're looking for the up-and-coming future business leaders of the Coffs Coast - stop right here.

These five students from Orara High School, John Paul College and Coffs Harbour Senior College have been recognised as some of the brightest and successful young minds in business by Young Achievement Australia.

Jess McCullen, Lisa Cheeseman, Mitchell Turner, Keira Blaney and Mitchell Burland recently took part in the Business Skills Program, which saw them collaborate to form their very own functioning business.

Not only did they need to come up with a marketable product, they also had to find investors and deal with all the problems a normal business would. After finding a niche for tie-dyed shoelaces, the group launched their business HOWYAGOIN'- and what a result they had.

Their business was so successful that not only did they win the State Innovative Product of the Year award and a State Special award for putting in an exceptional effort with only five members; they went one better and took out the National Special award as well.

Jess and Mitchell both said they were ecstatic to receive the award.

“We never even expected to be nominated for the State awards, let alone the National,” Jess said.

“It was really good, really informative and now we're looking at doing a degree in business at University.”



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