The Severna Park High School Signature Program hosted its annual entrepreneur fair on October 24, to get students thinking about their future.
“Our Signature Program is business, innovation and leadership,” said Joanne Brack, Signature Program facilitator. “This is our sixth annual entrepreneur fair, and it is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience an entrepreneurship mindset and to learn the journey from local entrepreneurs.”
Local entrepreneurs were invited to share their journey and offer students advice on starting businesses.
“I’m really interested in entrepreneurship, so it’s really entertaining and enjoyable,” said Drew Griswold, a student. “There are so many varieties of businesses, and I like that the majority of these people are from Severna Park.”
One keynote speaker, James Henson of Henson and Associates, is a SPHS alum. After graduating, Henson found his passion in finance and now owns a financial consulting agency.
Local businesses included Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland, LRN2DRIVE, Spring Arbor Senior Living, FantaSEA Aquariums, and Severna Park Automotive. Also present was Ellie Heath, a Severna Park student who owns and operates her own repurposed denim jacket business called Three Blue Bunnies.
“It’s important for students to learn about business because if they want to start their own business, this gives them some ideas on how to do it,” said Heath. “And I like to get my product out to them and inspire them to start creating.”
Brack hopes that this event will “help [students] become successful in whatever career path they choose in the future,” and encourage them to think about starting their own business down the line.