Spirit Box Now Available in Your City!

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Spirit Box, a member of DECA’s National Advisory Board, is taking its automated retail enterprise program nationwide in 2018!

For the past four years the Spirit Box program has provided hundreds of DECA members with the real world experience of running a business within the walls of their school.

Previously, the Spirit Box program has been limited to Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Southwest Missouri, as they worked hard to offer a program that was scalable across the country.

Philip Baird, Co-Owner of Spirit Box, explained that hundreds of schools have reached out to them over the past four years requesting a Spirit Box at their school, “but we’ve intentionally kept the program small and targeted until we were confident that our offering delivered huge value to the business team at the school, and was scalable in a way that could be adequately supported to ensure students receive a real experience running a business.”

What is the Spirit Box Enterprise Program?

The Spirit Box Enterprise program provides a real, turnkey business for DECA members to manage at the school throughout the year. “We wanted to provide a solution that allows students to take the learnings from the classroom and immediately apply them to a real business in the hallway,” Baird said.

Whether you already have a traditional brick-and-mortar school store or not, the Spirit Box program has been designed for easy implementation within your existing program. It provides the necessities to get started and the ongoing support needed to ensure success.

“The Spirit Box program takes our school store operations to the next level, offering our school community spirit wear and convenience items 24/7 via credit card, cash or mobile payments (e.g. Apple Pay and Google Wallet), accessible in a high traffic area at the school. I really can’t imagine trying to run our school store without a Spirit Box,” said Keeley O’Grady, a teacher at Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kansas.

How does it work?

Launching a Spirit Box enterprise requires an annual investment of $2,880, and you get quite a bit for that annual fee, including a custom graphics wrapped Spirit Box – automated retail kiosk, initial inventory, onsite training at your school, automated retail lessons plans and ongoing support. You can learn more about bringing a Spirit Box to your school at SpiritBoxNation.com.

While breaking even and generating a profit with your Spirit Box enterprise is very obtainable (break even for the program is approximately $25 in sales per day), there is some risk involved, which some teachers really like.

According to the business teacher at Lebanon High School in Missouri, “Our students understand the costs involved with launching and running a Spirit Box enterprise, and they’ve really taken ownership to ensure it’s a profitable endeavor. We discuss finances weekly which helps us formulate strategies to maintain momentum, or identify reasons for slower activity and pivot.”

Chris Langston, who joined the Spirit Box team as co-owner in 2017, explained that, “it’s important to understand that the Spirit Box program is not designed to be a fundraiser. In fact, just like a real business, profits aren’t guaranteed at all. We believe that entrepreneurship is a mindset, and by engaging in problem solving, creative planning, and strategic implementation of basic business practices, our goal with Spirit Box is to provide an experience where these young adults can fail, succeed, learn and ultimately build the confidence they need to set their sights higher.”

Be sure to go to SpiritBoxNation.com to learn more about the opportunities and possibilities available to your school-based enterprise or school store with Spirit Box!

This article was written by Spirit Box, a DECA National Advisory Board partner and Corporate Social Media Correspondent. Learn more about Spirit Box and how it can help your DECA chapter at SpiritBoxNation.com, and follow Spirit Box on Twitter @spiritboxnation.

Categories: Chapter Development, Chapter Resources, Comprehensive Learning Program, School-based Enterprises