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‘Growing our own’: Students can be entrepreneurs, too

Sky-Hi staff report / news@skyhinews.com
East Grand Middle School students stand around their fruit stand.

Running a business is not child’s play, but the idea of “growing our own” is the focus of an exciting three-day camp known as the Entrepreneurship Investigation (ESI) Camp from May 2 to 4 at Middle Park High School.

The camp is a three-day workshop for youth in grades eight to 10 in the Grand County School Districts. Students will develop a business plan, learn about financing and promotion, and interact with local business owners. Upon completion, students will be eligible to join the Middle Park High School Entrepreneurship Club where they will build upon the skills that they learn during the camp.

Sponsored by the Grand County Economic Development Department (GCED) in partnership with the Grand County Higher Education Initiative and funding from a Daniels Fund grant, ESI will offer students an opportunity to develop their leadership, communication and entrepreneurial skills.

“It is our goal to inspire youth to use their talents and passions to create innovative, sustainable businesses while establishing meaningful connections with community business leaders,” said DiAnn Butler, Director of the GCED, and sponsor of the camp.

The camp exposes participants to entrepreneurship through an innovative experiential learning curriculum taught by Craig Schroeder with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and local entrepreneurs.

Students will begin by identifying their entrepreneurial strengths and interests, connect with local businesses, and explore topics such as product promotion, profit and loss statements, and long-term financial sustainability.

As a research-based curriculum, the ideas of the camp have been used at 4-H clubs, middle schools, youth organizations and community institutions around the country. The camp also serves as a the first step in joining the Middle Park High School Entrepreneurship Club.

After completing all levels of the curriculum, youth will have the skills and tools to start their own business, as well as a completed business plan that will serve as a “road map” to the entrepreneur’s success.

Best of all, participants will learn that they can become a member of the Grand County business community without having to move to a large urban center.

The ESI curriculum is a bridge for young people that will excite their business acumen and allow them to become a Grand entrepreneur.

The deadline for registration is April 26, and is available online at online at https://co.grand.co.us/856/Economic-Development or at https://gced.events.idloom.com/ESI

For more information contact DiAnn Butler at 970-531-1343 or dbutler@co.grand.co.us.

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