Jasmine Parer, who attends Alstonville High, took out the top award in a recent statewide business competition for her idea to refit vintage Kombi vans as cafés.
Jasmine Parer, who attends Alstonville High, took out the top award in a recent statewide business competition for her idea to refit vintage Kombi vans as cafés. Jay Cronan

Kombi cafe concept wins award

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Alstonville High School student Jasmine Parer has topped the State in a business competition.

She competed against three other finalists from around NSW in the University of Newcastle/Kip McGrath Education Centre’s Year 11 business studies competition last month.

“It was a bit intimidating because you had to give a presentation to three judges who know a lot about business,” Jasmine said.

The competition is designed to encourage business thinking among high school students, with entrants developing an idea then writing a comprehensive business plan.

Jasmine, who said her strength lies in her graphic design skills, came up with the concept of a Kombi van café, with her presentation covering why she choose the business, financial considerations, a brief marketing plan and a SWOT (Strength Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.

Utilising the renowned strengths of the Northern Rivers area, Jasmine’s business idea was to renovate vintage Kombis, putting dining booths in each to serve locally produced eco-friendly food.

“I looked at the area and what people like and enjoy around here,” she said. “Kombis seemed a good idea and the food seemed like an obvious thing with the new healthy food trend.”



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