Early preparation and experience is good when getting into any type of business.
No matter what field a person might find themselves in, the more skills they develop the better off they are as they begin and throughout the years.
Developing those skills earlier in life often is key these days.
That's why it's great the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce continues to provide one of its signature events for our local high school students.
The Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium was held earlier this week, providing high school juniors with a glimpse into the business world with discussions on budgeting, marketing and business planning.
Held by the chamber for nearly 20 years, the event was renamed this year in memory of Barbara A. Matey, a local businessperson who previously served as the chamber's education committee chair and helped to organize the symposium for much of its history.
Approximately 120 students took part this year, representing seven area high schools: Weir, Oak Glen, Madonna, Brooke, Steubenville, Indian Creek and Burgettstown.
Local businessmen and women become part of the symposium, facilitating and assisting the students with their lessons, including Carole Scheerbaum of the WVU Extension Office, who discussed budeting by providing real-life salary figures for a variety of jobs as well as expenses many will face once they become adults; Jim Emmerling of EM-Media, who taught marketing and sales techniques; and Vince Azzarello of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, who showcased a mock job interview and taught how to properly fill out a job application.
We thank them and this year's sponsors: Aaron's of Weirton; ArcelorMittal USA; Domino's Pizza; First Choice credit union; Fort Steuben Mall; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Hancock County Savings Bank; Hancock School Employees credit union; HDR Engineering; Holiday Inn; MazurKraemer Business Law; McDonald's; McDonnell Chiropractic; Project BEST; Robinson and Son Construction; Starvaggi Charities; Wilson, Kozicki and Gwynn; state Del. Ronnie Jones; and the WVU Extension Office.
We also, of course, offer our thanks to the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce for continuing to put together such a valuable program for our youth to ensure they are better prepared when they take their own steps into the business world and become leaders of the community.