Food for Thought Larkin Economics Students Get a Taste of Business World

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Food for Thought Larkin Economics Students Get a Taste of Business World


Malone, Tara, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Tara Malone Daily Herald Staff Writer

A handful of Larkin High School economics students got some hands-on experience this semester when they started a candy selling business.

The 15 juniors and seniors in the ESL-business class netted about $129 in profits during the five-week venture by selling chocolate bars to students in the Elgin-based school's hallways, locker rooms and classes.

To celebrate, the business partners ate their way through the profits during a visit to the "Golden Chinese Buffet," located just across the street from the high school at 1500 Larkin Ave.

"We wanted to visit Chicago and go to a museum, but we didn't have enough money so we came here," said Sandra Ronquillo, an 18- year-old senior who served as treasurer and sales director for the venture.

Besides, Ronquillo said, "I've never had Chinese food."

In addition to healthy servings of Mongolian beef and sesame chicken, the budding entrepreneurs got some how-to tips from restaurant owner Young Ky Tremblay.

"You've got to work hard. Dreams are not easy and never free," Tremblay said to the group.

The Geneva resident bought the "Golden Chinese Buffet" last spring. Since then, she's been slowly making it her own, adding new dishes and more tables for the lunchtime hotspot.

"You need to learn how to budget," Tremblay said, adding that by scrupulously comparing food prices she's managed to cut costs by 20 percent while adding more ingredients.

"The dishes offered are important to customers. But my ingredients are secret, I don't even put them in a computer," Tremblay said with a laugh.

"That's what they call knowledge capital," teacher Joel Montgomery said. …

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