You have an aspiring entrepreneur in your house or classroom; the one setting up a lemonade stand and sitting out in the front yard until dark or the one that is making bracelets and selling them to their friends at school or the one that is always asking their neighbors if they can take care of […]
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About Julie Wood
In addition to directing the Youth Entrepreneur Camp at UW-Madison SBDC, Julie Wood shares her passion for youth entrepreneurship as a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement. She has been a frequent guest instructor of the business simulation for middle school and high school aged groups and has trained Wisconsin teachers on how to use the business simulation in their classrooms. She is also a member of UW-Madison’s Pre-College council which works on pre-college programs and processes for the campus.
Entries by Julie Wood
Did you love camp when you were a kid? (I sure did!). I loved staying in a tent or cabin, slurping slushies, singing fun songs, making s’mores around the campfire and learning all kinds of new things by experiencing them first hand. I loved it so much I became a 4-H camp counselor when I […]
Look down the Main Street of home towns across the US and you will see that small local entrepreneurs make up the majority of businesses. They have passion for what they do, they are resilient during tough times and they contribute more to the economy then big business. In the U.S. there are 28 million […]
Mini-Lesson Mondays for Young Entrepreneurs – Are they the wave of the future? You may have heard that the focus of a human being has been compared to that of a goldfish. In a recent article by a colleague of mine, Jenna Atkinson, in our local business magazine (In Business Magazine) quoted that Time magazine published an […]
Camp is one my favorite memories from when I was a kid. I loved staying in a tent or cabin, slurping slushies, singing fun songs around the campfire and learning all kinds of new things by experiencing them first hand. I loved it so much I became a 4-H camp counselor at age 16, volunteered […]
Last week I finished directing a production of Fame Jr with my son Ryan at our local community theater group. As I reflect back on the experience, I realize that both entrepreneurship and theater have a lot in common when it comes to the life skills they teach. Here are 5 life skills, that I […]
Everyone loves a good video, especially kids! It’s always amazing to me that they can be somewhat loud and rambunctious and then a video comes on and voila; it’s like magic – they are mesmerized by the world of video, they pay attention and soak it in! That is why when I teach young entrepreneurs […]
I often get asked what exactly is the Biz Ops Game? Here is a short video to explain what it is, how it works and what it teaches.
Choose a business idea. You can’t start learning about how to start a business if you don’t have an idea. Think about hobbies, interests, what you’ve learned, what you have experience in, what you’re good at what you like to do in your spare time. Test your idea with potential customers. Entrepreneurs take risks but […]