Mark Zaengle, owner of Zaengles Floor and Home, introduces Lassen High School Future Business Leaders of America’s business economics classmates to the requirements and responsibilities of owning your own business. Photos submitted

FBLA learns about business at Zaengles

The Business Economics class at Lassen High School went to Zaengles Floor and Home for a Business Tour and Job Shadowing experience Tuesday, Feb. 24.

As an exercise to help understand business overhead, Mark Zaengle gave the Future Business Leaders of America students 100 $1 bills so they could easily see how the business manages its expenses and profits.

Owner Mark Zaengle started the tour with a presentation about what he and his wife Quin did to start their floor and home business and what it takes to run a successful business in this great community.

Zaengle organized an activity so that the students could visualize the actual expenses that go into running a business and engaged the students in thinking about the time and effort spent making sure a business is profitable and meets customers’ needs.

Following his presentation the class broke up into groups and shadowed Zaengle’s employees in the different departments they run.

Manager Brandon Evans took a group into the lower level and explained what it takes to run a team of delivery people and installers. Owner Quin Zaengle and daughter Kendra met with a group to discuss the Human Resource and Marketing side of the business.

Quin Zaengle also covered the importance of building credit.  The sales team, Laura Evans and Wendy McBride, toured their group out on the sales floor and explained good customer service and quizzed them about their class projects. Finally, Mark Zaengle took a group of students to his office and discussed the rewards and challenges of owning a business.

Business economics teacher Carrie Satica explained that the class is in the middle of creating its own five-part business plans for a company of their creation, and this job shadowing opportunity at Zaengles will help her students as they get ready to present to a panel of community members.

The experience also fulfills a state project for their Future Business Leader of America Professional Profile in Leadership Award.