RHINELANDER - We keep our kids buried in books until they’re at least 18, and the hope is that someday they’ll get a job.
But through a program called “Mini Business World,” some high school students got to fast-forward to the business world – at least for a day.
“I’m CEO of the company,” said Destiny Baitinger, a junior at Rhinelander High School.
The “company” is six to eight high school students from Rhinelander and Tomahawk.
They have one day to dream up a business plan and a product - but the real product is the lessons they’ll learn today.
“What we’ve found is the best teacher is experience, and what we like most about our program is that it’s a hands-on activity,” Steve Benzschawel , program director of Wisconsin Business World.
“It really gave us a grasp of how businesses actually work and how much effort you have to put in,” Baitinger said.
At the end of the day, Baitinger will pitch her group’s project to everyone.
Even though she’s on her own for that part, the whole day is about working together.
“It taught me that it’s not always an independent thing, you have to learn how to work with others and their strengths and weaknesses, and they work with your strengths and weaknesses,” said Paige Bartz, a junior from Tomahawk High School.
“It’s really important to hear everyone’s voice because they all contribute to it. You have to make sure everyone’s coordinating with each other, that everything is relevant to one another,” Baitinger said.
But since they are still students, it’s not all about the grindstone.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be as fun as it actually is. Meeting new people was really fun and learning new things and getting something kind of thrown at you and learning how to accommodate that,” Bartz said.
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts don’t know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses don’t get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
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