26 January 2015

Southland secondary schools take on business challenge

Chamber of Commerce

The chance to run your own business, produce real products or services and make money while competing for great prizes will be a dream come true for the 140 plus secondary students attending this year’s Southland Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Enterprise Day, in Invercargill on Thursday 19 February 2015.

Southland Young Enterprise Co-Ordinator, Joanne O’Connor said the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme gives year 12 and year 13 students a chance to learn first hand about the business world. Throughout the year, students learn about business planning, leadership, marketing, finance and production. They also learn about the importance of teamwork, and how to work with others in their community.

Enterprise Day, a half-day conference gives students the opportunity to test out their business ideas with local business coaches, learn how to set up a company and get hints and tips about brainstorming and innovation. Students from Southland Boys’ High School, Verdon College, Southland Girls’ High School, Aparima College, Mt Aspiring College and James Hargest College are participating in the 2015 scheme.

The Southland YES is proudly co-ordinated by the Southland Chamber of Commerce, as part of their focus on business viability. “We are looking forward to another exciting and challenging year ahead” O’Connor said.


For further information about Southland Enterprise Day, or the work of the Young Enterprise Trust please contact:

Sarah Hannan

Chief Executive

Southland Chamber of Commerce

Phone 03 218 7188


Joanne O’Connor

Southland Co-ordinator

Southland Chamber of Commerce

DDI 03 2187 451 Mobile 027 733 1959


PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Thursday, 19 February 2015 @ Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, 154 Esk Street Invercargill between 9.00am – 12.30pm.