2023-24 VE Briefs

The VE Brief is designed to help you navigate the VE experience, run your program(s), highlight events and activities, provide helpful resources, share news and media, and keep you updated and on-track with everything VE.

2023-24 VE Brief 9: Navigating the Spring Semester

It is another busy time of the year in VE! Firms are putting together the Board of Directors Quarterly Report, refining products or services offering, updating the firm website, participating in competitions, and of course, preparing for International Trade Month in February! As the spring semester continues, navigation involves keeping up to date with the pacing guide and activities calendar, fostering a positive work environment, and adapting business strategies to better position the firm for success.

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2023-24 VE Brief 8: Embracing the New Year

Welcome to the new year! This is a wonderful time to reflect on the past year, learn something new, achieve company goals, pursue upcoming opportunities, and make improvements in the workplace. If your firm is looking for ideas for a new company goal, consider making purchases from a new business, engaging local business partners, interacting with an international firm, implementing a marketing campaign, or exploring new resources.

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2023-24 VE Brief 7: It’s Competition Season

As we begin to wrap up 2023 and prepare to welcome the new year, we encourage everyone to take the time to celebrate accomplishments, reflect upon the highlights and stories of the school year, and take pride in how far you have come. Whether it’s preparing the company website, presenting a business plan, attending a trade show, or simply working as a team to achieve a goal, we thank you for your hard work and dedication!

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2023-24 VE Brief 6: The Power Of Gratitude

It is an excellent time of the year to practice appreciation and gratitude. If you are working with a business partner or industry professional, thank them for sharing their time and expertise. If you are part of a team, thank your peers for their dedication and commitment to the firm. We encourage everyone to enjoy the benefits of assuming an attitude of gratitude. We hope you take the time to express gratitude towards families, friends, mentors, and people who have contributed to your development.

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2023-24 VE Brief 5: National Entrepreneurship Month

November is National Entrepreneurship Month and is a time to celebrate entrepreneurs who serve their communities, bolster the economy, and inspire the future generations of leaders. Additionally, Global Entrepreneurship Week is from November 13 to 17! In the past, we have seen VE firms organize guest speaker sessions with local entrepreneurs, conduct field trips to startups or incubators, and engage in international e-commerce to foster trade around the world. By inviting VE firms to participate in this global celebration, we hope we will instill an entrepreneurial mindset in students, empowering them to become future leaders and change-makers in the business world. It’s a great opportunity to foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, all while building a solid foundation for students’ future success.

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2023-24 VE Brief 4: Preparing for Commerce & Competitions

Over the next few months, firms will settle into their departmental roles, connect with companies locally, regionally, and nationally, begin developing business plans, and participate in competitions and events. As business registrations are being processed and funding application requests are coming in, it’s obvious that this year’s firm participation and engagement will be great!

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2023-24 VE Brief 3: Pitching & Planning for Success

In VE schools around the country, students are entering into new professional roles, working collaboratively as a team, and beginning to network with mentors and other firms. It is also time to focus on pitching and planning businesses while growing career readiness competencies as firms transition from their foundational tasks to departmental tasks.

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2023-24 VE Brief 2: Back to Business!

As schools open their doors and VE students begin the journey to get their businesses up and running, the VE team is committed to supporting and guiding tomorrow’s business professionals toward successful futures. We look forward to seeing students in action as they use design thinking to develop their business idea, enter into departmental roles, work collaboratively as a team, and practice their elevator pitches.

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2023-24 VE Brief 1: Welcome Back!

As we kick off the 2023-24 school year, we want to thank you all again for your unwavering commitment and dedication to the students we serve in VE. Our team is here to support you every step of the way to ensure students receive immersive and authentic business experiences. We are excited to see VE students in action soon. Good luck and best wishes to you all for a transformative VE school year!

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