The Business Department's Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship classes heard from Westfield native and owner of the Scrub Peddler, Ellen Majka. Majka, a graduate of WHS (whose two sons also graduated from Westfield High School), shared her journey on becoming a small business owner. The students learned about how Ellen originally developed her idea, the initial investment needed, her target market and how she reaches them, and why she doesn't have a storefront. The lessons she shared introduced marketing, the business department's next topic of study. Thank you Ellen Majka for sharing your experiences with our students.


The Business Department's students heard from Western New England University (WNE) students Dana Toimil, Shemron Ross, Rob Carmichael and their professor Paul Tomolonis about career opportunities in Accounting!  They shared their varied paths getting to WNE - Dana has attended since freshman year, Shemron is a transfer student from STCC, and Rob is a transfer student from HCC - and they are all accounting majors.  They communicated the opportunities available to accountants, including skill development, global experiences, and rapid advancement - in addition to the financial compenstation.  The students also shared their internship experiences as well as walked through the advantages they saw going to WNE , including the Career Development Center, networking opportunities, financial aid, study abroad program, and SAP Certification.  The students are sponsored by KPMG - the fastest growing of the Big Four accounting firms in the US - who offer audit, tax, and advisory services.  We thank WNE for their enthusiasm and for sharing what they've learned.