Newsletter for February 12th, 2016

Jason Kuhl with JJ Outlet, KS Distribution, and Brilliance Fundraising

Tuesday morning found us with Jason Kuhl, co-owner of JJ Outlet, LLC, KS Distribution, LLC, and Brilliance Fundraising. Jason’s business adventure started in 2006. When asked how he decided to start the businesses he replied that he is a cost conscious person that has always been analytical on the process of how a product goes from raw material to a store shelf. He was also amazed at the amount of waste from manufacturing companies and sought to make a profit from their loss. So what exactly do they do in the old box factory? Long story short, JJ Outlet works with closeouts, overstocks, and excess inventory. KS is their bulk and packaged laundry products, and brilliance fundraising offers opportunities for not for profit groups to have a fundraiser where a goal of 50% of the proceeds are retained by the organization. This day was a great example for CEO’s on inventory, waste, and financially accounting for and finding ways to utilize production by-products.

Business Plan Activity

Thursday. It was one of those days as an educator that you just live for. The amount of “Aha” moments were abounding! As students embark on their individual business, they have started to compile their own business plan. Because this is an extremely daunting, but important part of the process we bring in local experts to evaluate business plans with students. This gives students the opportunity to learn more about business plans in general while critiquing the work. Joining us in this activity was Scott Bierman with PS Realty, Barney Brumfiel, personal business consultant, Brett Lessley with Peoples State Bank, and Travis Farley with Dieterich Bank. Students and businessmen discussed the plans, asked questions, and learned so much about the do’s and don'ts of business start up. It was a great morning!

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