What happens when you get a bunch of young entrepreneurs together for a week? A lot of fun and a great experience of what it takes to start and run your own business – and then sell your goods and services.
That’s the concept behind Youth Enterprise Camp. A week long “camp” that gives students from ages 9 to 13 a hands on experience in the world of business. Working in teams to develop their own business from planning a business, to idea generation to contacting suppliers and purchasing, financing and negotiating a loan, manufacturing a product, marketing,and then bringing it to market.
That’s what happened Friday at the Station Mall.
Youth Enterprise Camp, part of the Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, financially supported by FedNor/Industry Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation as well as community businesses and organizations teach the fundamentals of starting a business to the campers Karen Senecal from the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area told SaultOnline.com The program is also supported by Community Futures Development Corporations in Algoma and Manitoulin (including Superior East CFDC, East Algoma CFDC, and LAMBAC), and in partnership with Algoma University.
SaultOnline/com caught up with the “business campers” to see what businesses they created.