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 […]
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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
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 […]
I am an avid reader of ideas for teaching entrepreneurship not only for improving my own teaching of entrepreneurship but also so I can help parents and teachers implement entrepreneurship education in easy and effective ways. Sometimes we forget about the everyday opportunities we have for developing our kids into young entrepreneurs so here are […]
My theory is that you can’t really teach kids how to be an entrepreneur if they don’t know what it is. The hard part is defining what an entrepreneur is! If you Google “What is an Entrepreneur”, you will get 149 million results in a matter of seconds. The first one listed is the dictionary […]
In today’s blog post I wanted to share a couple of infographics. The first one features the”10 Youngest Billionaires of Our Time: How Did They Do it?” shared with me by one of my readers (thanks Madeline). These young billionaires have done some amazing things and most of us have been affected in one or […]
This week it was Jerry Seinfeld’s kids lemonade stand getting closed down by police due to neighbors complaining about parking and not having a permit. I have been hearing about a stand getting closed down almost every week some place in the U.S. this summer – what do you think this does to kids who […]
In the last 2 blog posts I included ideas for how young entrepreneurs might come up with a business idea, an overview of the steps to get started and 10 ideas that work. Now that the business idea is starting to be developed, here is some more detail on what to do next. Here are […]
In my last blog post I talked about how kids can use their talents and passion to guide them into a business idea. But how do you know if that idea will work? Here are 9 business ideas that have a high chance of success for young entrepreneurs (and some helpful hints for each one): […]