The Anthony Wayne Middle School (AWMS) TREP$ Marketplace showcased the launching of over sixty student small businesses to family, friends and the public. These student entrepreneurs participated in the award-winning TREP$ program (www.tresped.com) where they learned the basics of entrepreneurship including product development, finance, marketing, advertising and sales.

The student’s workbooks come complete with a Loan Agreement, Partnership Agreement and a Professional Code of Behavior contract that each student and parent signed to reinforce the professional atmosphere and willingness to learn and be goal oriented. These agreements help set expectations guidelines for a successful business.

AWMS applauded the efforts of two outstanding teachers, Mr. Tim Rohan and Mr. Vincent Grant, who facilitated the six TREP$ Workshops and assisted with the Marketplace alongside TREP$ PTO Co-Chairs Rachel Anevski and Alexis Rewick.

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"The Students worked very hard this year and came up with some unique business ideas," said Rohan. "It is always great seeing the students selling in the Marketplace. This wonderful program is helping develop young entrepreneurs at Anthony Wayne Middle School."

“TREP$ brings the students’ creative business plans to life," says Anevski. "It teaches confidence and builds a community of young entrepreneurs.  Watching the children come up with an idea and seeing it come to life eight weeks later is amazing!”

The students learned the value of creativity, motivation, and hard work and it paid off on Friday, December 6 as they put all they learned to the test and launched their own businesses at the Marketplace.

"It really is nice to see each student put together a full pop-up business in a matter of weeks," said Rewick.  "A great learning experience for those students who believe they may want to start their own business someday.  Through TREP$ they realize the hard work, time and effort that goes into being a business owner. In the end, they even earned money!"

This year, AWMS acknowledged and thanked Valley Bank for recognizing the important value this program added for the young entrepreneurs. Valley participated in the marketplace as the bank, offering change to TREP$ business owners.

AWMS especially thanked all shoppers for their support and sincerely thanked Wayne’s Mayor, Chris Vergano, for encouraging the students and being on hand for the ribbon cutting to kick-off the marketplace.

Shoppers were drawn to the many different businesses; some selling crafts, jewelry, unique gifts, bath products, games and holiday items while others appealed to the shopper’s appetite.

"Congratulations to all AWMS business owners," said Wayne Education Foundation President Karen Marron.