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Students tackle challenge of building and running a company

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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- A group of bright students can add "running a company" to their resume.

The company, "2020," a Junior Achievement Company, tackles the challenge of finding a replacement for plastic bags, combating New York's recent plastic bag ban.

In just three months, the student group sold 300 packages, each containing five reusable bags.

"We're the highest grossing New Visions company to date," said CEO and Maine-Endwell student, Nick Beardsley.

The company made a profit of more than $6,000. The money will benefit five local charities after liquidation.

"Looking back at what I've done, it's a really rewarding feeling and a great feeling all at the same time," said Beardsley.

The team spent countless hours testing their product, launching their marketing campaign, and watching their reusable bags make a difference.

"Spending the past three months running this company was really nice, there were a few struggles along the way, but we got through those," said Beardsley.

The program, students say, gives them new skills they can carry into their future careers.

"It taught me that leadership isn't just about telling people what to do, it's about motivating them to do so, and making someone want to do something," said Beardsley.

Katie Jones

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