OASIS Collaborates #DECAATTProject Chapters with an Entrepreneurship Workshop

On March 22, 2017, #DECAATTProject chapters from the metro Atlanta area were invited to an Entrepreneurship Workshop presented by OASIS.

OASIS (Organization of Asian Indians at AT&T) is an Employee Resource Group for employees at AT&T, and a non-profit organization.

During the workshop we learned not only how leaders take charge in their professions, but also the qualities of an entrepreneur. Taking charge and exhibiting these skills are not something you are born with, but qualities that can be targeted and fostered. More specifically, how one can learn these skill sets and get set on a planned path of success.

The workshop started with a Q & A session with entrepreneur, Kanchana Raman, Founder and CEO of Avion Systems, Inc. Ms. Raman shared her “do’s and don’ts” as well as her successes and challenges as an entrepreneur. This was followed by smaller breakout sessions which covered topics dealing with every aspect of developing a business plan. Topics included financing, SWOT analysis, value proposition, growth potential, business models, competition, positioning, market plan, and sales.

Lastly, students worked in groups of their breakout sessions to develop a “mock” business plan. Various students confidently presented their “mock” business plans within their breakout sessions. After students presented they were given feedback from OASIS group facilitators.

The students enjoyed spending the day with members of Oasis who are dedicated to educating DECA members about the benefits and challenges related to entrepreneurship. Several additional sessions are planned in at least five cities over the next few months. Participating DECA members will be empowered to model DECA’s theme, Own Your Future.

This article was written by Sprayberry DECA member, Alex Frey. You can follow Sprayberry DECA on Twitter @SprayberryDECA, and learn more about the #DECAATTProject by following #DECAATTProject on Twitter. 

Categories: Chapter Development, Chapter Resources, Leadership, Partnerships