If you want to experience something exceptional next year get involved with the annual Business Olympics in our Smithtown High Schools. With over 40 years of business experince I can attest that the level of professionalism of the 230 students who took part in the contest this year were phonomenal. What an exception program this has become.
The Business Olympics is an annual contest were a group of our high school students form small groups and with the guidence of a mentor come up with a new product idea. Once they have that idea then they must create a well thought out Power Point presentation showing how that product should be marketed and deliver that presentatioin in person to a group of judges. This year the format to the TV show Shark Tank was used so the groups also had to add a two minite sales presentation as well. Products presented this year ranged from a simple straw that would prevent contamination if drinks are shared to the ultimate winner, a women's shoe combination where the upper shoe part could be interchangable with different heal/sole combinations.
As part to the contest the local Smithtown business community donated gernerously both gift cards for prizes and food for all. The excitment at the end of the contest that stretched from 2:30 in the afternoon to all most 9:30 in the evening was truly incredible. But to me what was more exciting was the level of excitment given off by all of the contestents as we were leaving High School West that evening. I could see the many freshmen, sophomores and juniors starting to make plans for the next olympics. I for one will make it a point to be there myself.