Expo beckons enterprising pupils

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Business smarts . . . Roncalli College pupils (from left) Jan Kupper, Hayley Tinkler, Lucy Hogan and Billy Cook are excited about tonight's South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Annual Table Top Expo. PHOTO: RACHAEL COMER

by Rachael Comer

Young South Canterbury entrepreneurs are set to showcase their wares.
The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual table top expo tonight, and this year Roncalli College year 10 pupils will appear in the event.
The expo is a chance for chamber members to promote their services and products to both chamber members and the public.
South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith encouraged residents to attend and see the “very impressive range of products produced by a number of students”.
She said the pupils participated in a programme featuring units titled “Enterprising behaviours” and “It’s business time”.
A total of 15% of any profit made by the pupils goes to charity. They had chosen to attend the tabletop expo as an extension to their course and in order to sell their products to a wider market, Mrs Smith said.
Roncalli College pupils Jan Kupper (15), Hayley Tinkler (15), Lucy Hogan (15) and Billy Cook (14) were all excited about the opportunity to share their ideas with the public.
The four are members of different enterprise groups at the school and between them have designed and made recycled candle holders, bags, hoodies and magnetic holders to sell.
They had chosen the charities Ronald McDonald House, the Red Cross and the SPCA as the benefactors of their sales.
“It’s great to learn about business and develop skills,” Lucy said.
Three of the seven South Canterbury Lion Foundation Young Enterprise teams will also attend the expo.
Mrs Smith said the chamber was proud to offer young South Canterbury residents business opportunities.
“The chamber is so proud to be able to co-ordinate the Lion Foundation Programme for South Canterbury, inspiring young people to discover their potential in business and in life.
“This is often the first real taste of business life for students. They learn how to collaborate and how to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. We encourage the general public and the business community to attend the free expo and support our future business leaders.”
The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Annual Table Top Expo is at the Landing Services Function Centre, at 5.30pm. Entry is free.