The Creation of the Case Study Project “Market Street Candy & Confections”:
I have been teaching “Introduction to Business 101” at Bergen Community College for several years now and in the era of COVID, it has been especially difficult. With businesses shutting down and reopening in a different business environment, I think some of my students thought it was an unusual time to open a business. This is when you need to test your entrepreneurship when times are tough.
In my live classes, I open my consulting company, “Bergecco-Parc Consulting Inc.”, for business and the whole class bands together and we have one big project. In the era of COVID and online learning, these projects become impossible to do as a group so each student got the opportunity to create their own store.
The Bergecco-Parc Consulting Inc. corporate logo
In the past, I have created these projects under the Bergecco-Parc Consulting Inc. banner, the main consulting company, the Orion Malls banner, a Mall design company and the Buscomonzefi.com banner, my Tech Division. Each business does its best to be creative, forward thinking and have a thought producing presentations.
Professor Justin Watrel, CEO & Consultant Bergecco-Parc Consulting Inc.
While my other class worked on their case study project, “I’ve got a Golden Ticket to Bergen Community College-Homecoming 2022”, a full-blown Group project for my live class, I had my online class create their own business with the project “Market Place Candy & Confections”, a artisan candy and dessert shop that is a 100-year-old business they bought and are now reopening with a modern twist.
Bergecco-Parc Consulting Inc. Presents: “I’ve got a Golden Ticket to Bergen Community College-Homecoming 2022”
The concept of the project was to reopen a traditional candy shop in a town or city that had recently closed and the furnishings and decorations were sold off for profit to pay bills, so the building and store were now gutted and had to be rebuilt and redesigned with a modern twist and concept. They had to now had to know their target market, stock the store with product and prepare it for opening by hiring staff and creating an ad for the “100th Anniversary Celebration” of the store.
The students now had the store and name of the store but little else to start with other than a past reputation. Here I had the students use their creativity to remake the store from the ground up. Our textbook for the class “Understanding Business” by Nickels & McHugh broke the way you start a business chapter by chapter and that is what I had the students do to open the store.
We start the project by Chapter Five in the book “How to form a Business” when talking about starting a business as a “Sole Proprietorship or Partnership” and then to Chapter Six “Entrepreneurship and Starting a Small Business” with logos and Brand Recognition. I challenge the students to show me what they want their store to represent and what type of imagine that they want to portray to the customers. I remind them that this is the first thing that the customers will see and remember them by.
The logos for “Market Street Candy & Confections”:
Market Street Candy & Confections: Logo One
Market Street Candy & Confections: Logo Two
Market Street Candy & Confections: Logo Three
Market Street Candy & Confections: Logo Four
Market Street Candy & Confections: Logo Five
Market Street Candy & Confections: Logo Six
Market Street Candy & Confections: Logo Seven
We next covered Chapter Seven “Management and Leadership” where we worked on the goals and objectives of a business. This is where the students worked on their strategic planning of the business. When we talk about who we strive to be as a business, this is when we form the Mission Statement, which is an outline of the fundamental purposes of an organization.
The Mission Statements:
Mission Statement: One
Mission Statement: Two
We discussed in Chapter Eight “Structuring Organizations for Today’s Challenges”, where we talked about the hierarchy of a corporation and then Chapter Nine “Production and Operational Management”, where we learned about concepts of Facility Location, where we have to select the location for the company’s operations. When creating the concept, I also have them design what the inside of the store should look like to the customer.
The Market Street Candy & Confections Store Design:
Market Street Candy & Confections: Store Design One
Market Street Candy & Confections: Store Design Two
Market Street Candy & Confections: Store Design Three
Market Street Candy & Confections: Store Design Four
Chapter Thirteen “Marketing: Helping Buyers Buy” with selling concepts of merchants. We talked about target markets, geographic segmentation and consumer marketing. I was trying to get the students to how to reach out to customers.
We started by advertising the store for its “100th Anniversary Celebration” is a way to bring more customers into the store to let them see the new developments they would be making. We built this even further in Chapter Fourteen “Developing and Pricing Goods and Services”, when picking or creating product lines for a company.
The Market Street Candy & Confections Bundling & 100th Anniversary Ads:
Market Street Candy & Confections: 100th Anniversary Ad One
Market Street Candy & Confections: 100th Anniversary Ad Two
Market Street Candy & Confections: 100th Anniversary Ad Three
Market Street Candy & Confections: 100th Anniversary Ad Four
Market Street Candy & Confections: 100th Anniversary Ad Five
Market Street Candy & Confections: 100th Anniversary Ad Six
When discussing Chapter Fourteen, I also had the students create a Bundling promotion of putting two or more items together and promoting them at one price but I have no artwork for that. With Chapter Sixteen “Using Effective Promotions”, I asked them how this anniversary event might promote new items at the store and what classic candies they might want to carry.
The last project that unfortunately I was not able to give them because of the Thanksgiving Break and the way it fell was from Chapter Eleven “Human Resource Management: Finding and keeping the Best Employees”, the Job Description project, where they would create an ad for hiring new employees. The deadlines for the project just got too close.
By the end of the semester, about a third of the class successfully opened their store for business with a location of the town where they bought the business, their created image, the product that they wanted to sell and the people they wanted to hire. They were then ready for opening day for the “100th Anniversary of the Store”.
It always amazes me what these students are thinking and where they want to take their businesses. Some of them look ready to open the store in real life. That is when this project gets to be interesting and fun.
This was an interesting project that I want to share with other College Professors who might want to rework and use the project if they teach an Introduction to Business class as well:
The Classwork for the Project:
The Class Participation Questions:
The Papers for the Project:
The Quizzes for the Project:
Good luck in your class as well!
The project was based on two local candy/ice cream stores we have here in Bergen County, NJ:
Conrad’s Confectionary at 107 Westwood Avenue in Westwood, NJ:
My review on LittleShoponMainStreet@Wordpress.com:
My review on TripAdvisor:
Bischoff’s Confectionary at 468 Cedar Lane in Teaneck, NJ:
My review on LittleShoponMainStreet@Wordpress.com:
My review on TripAdvisor: