On Monday, April 4, 2016, six members of the Sloan-Hendrix Future Business Leaders of America attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Little Rock.  Those qualifying for state competition included Halei Boyles, Introduction to Business Communication; Claire Causbie, FBLA Principles and Procedures; Brittney Murphy, Healthcare Administration; Jenna Smith, Introduction to Financial Math; Dylan Templeman, Business Law; and Azacia Williams, Introduction to Information Technology.  While at the conference, members attended workshops concerning franchising and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  The franchising workshop, titled Mosquito Joe, explained the benefits and disadvantages of purchasing a franchise.  The husband and wife owners of Mosquito Joe gave some background information concerning how and why they came to own a relatively new franchise for mosquito control.  During the Arkansas Children’s Hospital session, former patients shared their stories.  Session attendees formed groups of five where they brainstormed ways to raise funds for ACH.  Time was left at the end of the session for students to sign cards to be delivered to patients.
Between sessions, the Sloan-Hendrix group made time to visit the Old State House (http://www.oldstatehouse.com/).  This is the original state capitol of Arkansas.  Construction began on the Old State House in 1833.  In 1836, Arkansas became a state and the new legislators began working in the still unfinished capitol.  The Old State House remained home for the governor and legislators until 1911 when construction on the present capitol building was completed.  Shortly after the building was vacated, the Arkansas School of Medical Sciences moved in and began conducting experiments on how to combat hookworm and malaria.  This project received global recognition.  Through the years, the Old State House accommodated many agencies including the Arkansas State Police.  In 1947, it was named a museum and a number of groups began the task of raising funds to refurbish the building.
Before leaving Little Rock, the members enjoyed a late lunch at TGI Fridays.  The students were accompanied by their advisor, Mrs. Holland, and bus driver Mr. Coleman.

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