Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp
Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp
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Camp Dates: August 2-5, 2021
Camp Hours: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Camp Registration Period: June 17-July 22, 2021
Camp Capacity: 16 Students
Camp Cost: None (Free Event valued at $85 per attendee)
Camp Requirement: Wilson County residents ages 12-16 as of August 2, 2021
August 2: On campus at the Lee Technology Center, Building R, Room R158/159
August 3: Online only (via Zoom)
August 4: Online only (via Zoom)
August 5: On campus at the Frank Eagles Business Development Center, Building G, Room G242
The Wilson Community College Small Business Center (SBC) endeavors to serve all Wilson County prospective and existing small business owners by continuing to add programming to reach and engage all those who are interested in business ownership now or in the future. To that end, the Youth Entrepreneur Summer Camp will introduce youth attendees to entrepreneurship training through experiential and facilitated learning activities under the leadership of the SBC Director. This program is made possible in part due to a grant from recognized business leaders from the Wilson Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Academy Class of 2020.
Within a team environment, youth participants will engage in the following activities:
- Understand the core attributes that are common threads with highly successful business owners
- Learn the basic steps to start a business and identify opportunities for small business ventures
- Complete a business model canvas and understand the components of a business plan
- Choose a team’s idea or choose to develop an independent idea into a business
- Evaluate the idea, prepare a cash flow spreadsheet, and consider additional profit centers
- Generate marketing ideas and be introduced to some unique ideas
- Learn about financial literacy and its lifelong impact for a business owner
- Understand typical owner investment requirements and consider crowdfunding and bootstrapping
- Evaluate the cost of financing and consider stepping-stone businesses without financing
- Participate in a presentation of the team’s idea to a panel of judges
Through participation in the camp, students will also learn real-world business skills and soft skills such as:
- Team Building
- Leadership Development
- Financial Management
- Creative Problem Solving
- Business Etiquette
- Time Management
Additionally, students will be exposed to a college setting and learn from successful professionals and business owners who will share their business startup experiences and offer feedback on the final presentations given by the participants on August 5.
Young people often express barriers to business ownership citing a lack of funds, entrepreneurial awareness, money management skills, limited networking opportunities, and customer service skills; the latter often due to a lack of work experience. Developing an entrepreneurial mindset in youth will move them through these barriers while encouraging practical action steps that can lead to emerging and inspired entrepreneurs.
Camp Facilitator: Melissa Evans, SBC Director
Register by: 1:00 PM July 22, 2021
NOTE: A supplemental form will also be required to complete the application process. This form, which will be emailed to each student, must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the SBC no later than 6:00 PM on July 22, 2021. Applicants will be notified regarding final acceptance by email no later than July 26, 2021.
NOTE: This event is only for Wilson County youth ages 12-16 as of Monday, August 2, 2021. Participation is required for all four days/sixteen hours of the camp and for the homework. To ensure success, each student will have a reading assignment and a survey to complete with up to 10 adults after class each of the first three days.
NOTE: For the virtual sessions on August 3 and August 4, there is a two-step registration process. If you are notified of acceptance into the camp, you will receive an email from the SBC Director that includes Zoom links for the virtual sessions on August 3 & 4. In order to participate, you must also register via the Zoom platform. Each participant will be manually accepted, so only the campers and any approved adjunct instructors are allowed in the breakout rooms for Zoom.
Co-Sponsor(s): Wilson Chamber of Commerce
Fee: No Cost