Cupertino students win national competition for business acumen – The Mercury News

Business acumen is instilled early in some area schools. In Cupertino, for example, Homestead High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter placed first overall at the 21st Nationals in Chicago last month.

Chloe Lu and Krishna Mishra led the chapter to victory with their American Enterprise project, through which they were to demonstrate private enterprise, market competition, private ownership, profit motive and consumer sovereignty.

“We have partnered with Whim Local, a local business, as well as two non-profit entities: the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop and the Hong Kong-based TCK Learning Center,” said said Lu.

A major donation drive has landed them jewelry, fine clothing and appliances worth approximately $10,000 for Sunnyvale’s Discovery Shop to resell and donate proceeds to cancer research .

“It was wonderful to see the whole community come together for the benefit,” Mishra said.

TCK Learning Center helps migrant workers from neighboring countries arriving in Hong Kong to acquire basic skills and basic knowledge of Chinese. The Homestead team helped the company create a more user-friendly website.

Whim Local helps local businesses promote their products.

“It’s like an Etsy for the Bay Area,” Mishra said. “We helped them by making his mission known.”

The project helped team member Sanghyuk “Eric” Ko develop more than just business skills.

“It taught me the importance of social entrepreneurship,” Ko said. “Through workshops, I was able to overcome my fear of public speaking.”

Team leaders Nitya Peumans and Junsa Hwang, along with teammate Grace McGoran, placed second in the corporate partnership project category. They worked with CK-12, an online educational resource library.

“Silicon Valley is saturated with learning programs,” Peumans said.

So they studied the Southern California, Utah, and Louisiana market and applied what they learned to CK-12 offerings.

“That’s when we saw the number of visits to their website increase,” Peumans said.

Sustainability was a major concern for Saanika Patel, Samhitha Varanasi and Nicole Kim; the team organized a community service project which placed fourth. They partnered with Sunnyvale-based FabMo and encouraged Homestead’s Fashion Club to create clothing from upholstery scraps.

“The typical FabMo customer is the older generation,” Patel said. “The company wanted to reach young people.

The school has become a hub of activity with sewing workshops and fashion shows, with the aim of creative upcycling.

Networking in the community is a feature of the FBLA. According to Daniel Lee, the club’s vice president of public relations, Homestead hosted Senator Dave Cortese for a conference on government-corporate relations.

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