What is BizTank?
BizTank is the brain child of Jeff Peterson and Mark Becker, co-founders of Geneva Supply, Inc. It’s an idea that takes the passion from one’s career and enlightens the minds of the communities’ youth, specifically, junior and senior high school students. BizTank is for the dreamers, the planners, the “know-it-alls” and the “I’m-not-quite-sure-I-know-what-I’m-doing-with-my-life” type of kids. Any kid that’s willing to take a chance, to learn, ask questions, and to make their own decisions towards creating a future they truly enjoy, are welcome.
We want students to get exposure to the world of business through a stimulating and interactive program. We’ll have guest speakers explain the drive, the hard work, the directions their lives have taken, their successes and of course, failures. We’re not going to sugar coat things, it’s going to be honest, real talk.
Sessions will also be spent covering a range of topics such as start ups, ROI (return on investment), funding, opportunity recognition, on-trend marketing and social media. This will be achieved through a variety of open forum discussions, relevant case studies, entrepreneurial coaching and field trips to some local and national thriving companies.
In addition to all that, the kids will create their own podcast, Kids in the Tank, where they will research a topic or a guest speaker and his/her business, ask the questions, record, edit and produce.
We intend to cultivate a group of driven individuals that see the value in going above and beyond the classroom requirements, and care enough about their future to try something new and to step outside their comfort zones, because as many of us know, that’s really where all the fun is!
BizTank consists of three unique 8 week sessions (Fall, Spring, and Summer), meeting once a week on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Dinner will be provided from 6-6:30 p.m. for those that want it), and is offered to Junior or Senior students at any local area high school. Students may choose to participate in each session or the one that fits best with their schedule. The only requirement for participants is a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, and/or employer.
The first BizTank session will begin June 14th
How can local businesses help?
BizTank is here to build bridges between employers and students. We want to spark an interest in these kids and help them prepare for the real world, and we hope that local businesses are willing to partner with us by offering them opportunities to do a job shadow, an internship, or possibly, summer employment. At the very least, an interview, because as we all know that’s a vital skill to learn and you’re never too young to practice the process.
We are a non-profit organization asking local businesses for funding support for scholarships, technical equipment (laptops, etc.), and on-topic field trips. We believe the next big idea can come from a kid within the community, your community, so please consider supporting us so that we can help them, dream that dream.
If you have questions about BizTank in general, or would like to discuss funding options or partnering with us, please contact, Jeff Peterson at 262-421-7924, or email us at BizTank@genevasupply.com
For students interested in BizTank, please tell us about yourself: