In an effort to teach young teens about the challenges of running a successful small business, Pinellas County has started a program called Small Business for Tampa Teens that introduces teens to local business owners. Although it is in it’s first year, there have already been positive results from some of the relationships that have been formed and the knowledge that is being shared.
Starting with Technology
Since so many kids now days are immersed in technology, whether it be the smart phones, gaming systems, or personal computers, the Small Business for Tampa Teens program thought it would be a good idea to start off with a local technology company.
Innovative Sight & Sound is a local home technology company that specializes in home theater and home automation systems in Tampa, St. Pete, and the Clearwater area. They recently hosted an event at the Clearwater showroom that allowed the kids to see firsthand what the business does and how it operates. The event kicked off with a quick demonstration of their theater system. The kids were wowed with several impressive scenes from recent movies.
Then they were taken behind the scenes to see what it takes to make one of these high performance home theater systems operate so smoothly.
One of the goals of this program is to introduce teens to professions in which they might have an interest in working once they’ve graduated from high school or college. It gives them an up-close and personal look at the daily tasks involved in running and operating a successful business. They are allowed to ask all the questions they want regarding what the business does and how it services it’s clients.
Hands on Experience
One of the best parts of the program is that it provides hands on experience for teens to see what it is like to work in certain industries. While plenty of kids are passionate about technology, they don’t necessarily have a solid understanding of what it takes to make technology operate successfully in a production environment.
This particular demonstration allowed them to see the time and effort required in designing, building, and troubleshooting a high performance home technology system.
So far the project has been a great success with both business owners and the teens enjoying the entire experience.
For more about Innovative Sight & Sound, you can contact them at their showroom with the information below.
Innovative Sight & Sound
4400 118th Ave N #203
Clearwater, FL 33762