Take Your SBE to the Next Level with Sam Davidson

On April 24, 2016, School-Based Enterprise Academy attendees filed into the Omni Hotel on Sunday afternoon to discuss how they can build a better SBE program at their schools.

As groups entered the room, they were separated into sections A-J, correlated to the section that they would present in the day after. Each group seated themselves at a table, and the SBE Academy began with a great introductory speech by Sam Davidson.

Sam Davidson is an entrepreneur who has co-founded four companies, including Batch, a gift subscription service, and Cool People Care, an organization that seeks to aid important causes around the world.

Davidson explained that, “It's been a wild, fun, meaningful, stressful, but perfect ride for me,” to venture into entrepreneurship.

During the academy, Davidson spoke about his daughter, the effect of sprinkles on ice cream, and finding the light. While these may not make sense to someone outside of SBE, they carried great knowledge that was applicable to rising enterprises, as well as established stores.

Mr. Davidson detailed a few vital tips that could take your SBE to the next level:

  1. Try something before you judge it – Take the risks that you need to take to push your store into success without fear or prejudice.
  2. Be honest to yourself and your employees – Communication of goals and dreams is imperative to the future of your company, and the people within it.
  3. Assess your strengths and weaknesses – This simple task to determine what the shining and sulking aspect of your store is will increase efficiency, by way of reducing the need to make the same mistakes over and over again.
  4. Take time to understand your environment – Who is doing what, when, where, and why. Without these basic elements realized, time is spent inefficiently.
  5. Finally, think BIG – no dream is too big to pursue; if you believe it, you can achieve it.

When all was said and done, the other SBE groups discussed the effectiveness of Sam Davidson’s speech, as well as the overall process of SBE.

Sophie LeFew (@slefew) from Virginia explained that, “SBE has taught me how to run a school store successfully and manage others in a reasonable, far way.”

Another member, Jordan Singer (@jordansingerrr), from Virginia exclaimed that, “SBE is going to be legen…wait for it… DARY,” with the skills she picked up from that day’s academy.

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