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CONNECTING YOU TO THE FRANKLIN P. PERDUE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  MARCH 2015
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Viva Espresso Field Trip

By Reilly Webb

A friendly environment, tasty coffee, amazing food and a great learning experience. February 10- 12, the three freshman Business LLC classes took a morning field trip to a great local coffee shop, Viva Espresso. Although we had to wake up before 7 a.m. for this trip, it was definitely well worth it. In addition to the great breakfast and hospitality provided to us by Chuck and Nancy Dix, the owners of the coffee shop, Mr. Dix spoke to us about his career in the professional business world as well as the workings of his small business. Since the focus of the Business LLC spring semester class is information systems, Mr. Dix primarily spoke to us about his use of information systems on both the corporate and small business levels.

We learned how programs such as Access and Excel are used in the corporate world in which Mr. Dix works. Mr. Dix was the president for Towson Farms and became very proficient in using information systems. He shared that it is crucial for individuals who are entering the business world to learn how to use such programs. The most interesting part of his presentation was the fact that he was able to translate his knowledge of information systems from his corporate experience to his small business. He explained to us how the use of the systems was slightly different, but, in the end, the need to store information and be able to extract it quickly is imperative for any business. Mr. Dix was also able to answer questions for us and gave us information on what it is like to start up your own company.

Clearly, Chuck and Nancy Dix are doing something right at Viva Espresso, and it was great to hear about their story and the secrets to their success. Also encouraging was the opportunity to see the application of classroom learning in real-world business.

 

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