The Business Entrepreneurship Alliance for Marian and Rice (BEAM&R) teaches and introduces students to business and entrepreneurship, business-related activities such as workshops, fund raising, guest speakers and marketing lectures, all striving to provide our students with more business knowledge and promote future entrepreneurs.
To this end, BEAM&R established DECA chapters at both schools (Brother Rice in 2010 and Marian in 2011). DECA is a national organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. In Michigan, DECA is the largest CTSO (Career and Training Student Organization) with over 7,000 high school student members. Among its main activities is to organize and sponsor business competitions.
BEAM&R students meet a minimum of once per week at either Rice or Marian, depending on schedules. Our main meetings are Tuesdays after school, typically from 3-4 p.m. These meetings have various, changing agendas but we usually will discuss one or more of the program elements listed below:
BEAM&R is open to all students participating at any time throughout the year. Membership requirements are consistent with all extracurricular activities on both campuses. All that is asked is for each student to provide a full contact sheet as well as $50 registration fee. This fee will cover DECA membership, as well as a portion of District registration. Many students are involved in Fall sports and are usually finished prior to Michigan DECA activities. Where attendance at meetings and events are recorded, it is not mandatory.
There can be no better lesson in life and business than financial self-sufficiency, and that is our goal with BEAM&R. Despite success raising funds in prior years, we were unable to cover all expenses due to the high volume of participation. Beginning in 2012-13, BEAM&R will use the membership attendance record to develop a priority list of students who will be covered by club funds. If we are successful throughout the year, all students will be covered. Otherwise, students with lower participation points will be asked to subsidize their own DECA costs at State and National competitions.