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Junior Achievement hosts trade fair

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Over the weekend, Junior Achievement held a trade fair teaching students the fundamentals of developing and running a business, all while going green in the process.  The Junior Achievement Company Trade Fair, held at the Guam Premiere Outlets in Tamuning, set to help enterprising youth learn the ins-and-outs of owning and operating a business.

JA student Jamilaha Carlos, sponsored through the Bank of Hawaii, learned the ropes of sales and marketing through selling eco-friendly reusable cups. "They're BPA free so they're refrigerator safe, they're double walled so they keep your drinks cool for a long time and they're customizable so you can give us your design and we can design them for you," Carlos explained.

The same can be said for Jason Ding from Bank of Guam's "Hydro Local", who also sold a reusable beverage container hoping to limit the waste of plastic bottles. "It's on the go, it's perfect, its 20 ounces, it's small and it's good for ht economy so you don't waste anymore bottles," he said.

Ding was part of 12 JA student companies who comprising of an average of 22 students per company who have been meeting with their sponsor companies since September to learn the business. For Kai Moral, part of the Xerox-sponsored business called Live Guam, sold Guam activity books made from 100 percent recyclable materials printed with ink that is not as harmful to the environment.

"Our mission with these coloring books is the to bring the memories of Guam to those in need and the cultures of our island to people everywhere," he said.

And while it wasn't intentional or required for students to go green in their projects, executive director Beth Lizama says it was definitely a nice touch.

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