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FBLA Partners with Vision Enhancement Optometric Group, Tours Facilities

Seven members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) toured the Vision Enhancement Optometric Group facilities yesterday, November 27, for their Partnership with Business project.

The Partnership with Business project is one of the three projects that FBLA works on over the course of the year and submits during its state competition.

“There are two other major projects for FBLA,” junior Veronica Mark said. “One’s the major enterprise project, and [junior] Katherine Liu is in charge of that, and then there’s the community service project and [junior] Katherine Yeh leads that.”

This year, FBLA decided to form a partnership with the Vision Enhancement Optometric Group because many of its members are interested in the medical field, and because the club had contacts with both optometry and ophthalmology groups.

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“[The optometry and ophthalmology groups] referred us to this Vision Enhancement group because it’s easier for students to work with vision therapy, which is training people with optical issues, rather than a company that deals with surgery,” Katherine Liu said.

While many of the FBLA’s members are interested in the medical field, FBLA has not worked with a medical company before. Last year, the FBLA Partnership with Business project worked with Tackable, a photo-sharing device, to create an iPhone application that was first only available for the Android.

“The vision training center isn’t an ordinary tech company,” Katherine Liu said. “They have special operations that they do to maintain patient privacy and other medical issues.”

Beyond becoming familiar with the distinctions between a medical and a tech company, FBLA organized this meeting to form a basis and a relationship with FBLA’s partners.

“The first step to forming a partnership and making it work well is to know your partners,” Veronica said. “That was why we decided to go on a business tour and check out their facilities and how they work.”

FBLA plans to market for the Vision Enhancement Optometric group from January through March. The focus in on elementary and middle schools, as the optometric groups places great emphasis on early diagnosis.

“It turns out the earlier you catch it the earlier it’s going to fix,” Veronica said. “Vision problems, usually if you don’t catch them earlier on, get to a point where you can’t fix them anymore, so that’s why we focus on early detection.”

[Photos Courtesy Veronica Mark]

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