Are you experiencing apathy with your chamber membership and community in general?

Do you want to deepen and nurture relationships with the existing entrepreneurs in your community?

Implementing a program for youth entrepreneurs can help deepen your relationship with community families,  build loyalty with existing chamber of commerce members and help build new relationships and partnerships with businesses you may have not had in the past.

Think back to when you were a kid and experienced something really special?

Think about a time when you had a mentor, coach, teacher or experience that helped you achieve something big or learn something new that changed our life. It is likely that you are still loyal to that person or organization to this day. If you can help kids realize their goals and dreams they are apt to not only work in their local community but also spend money there.  A youth entrepreneur program can help create that loyalty.  It gives you the opportunity to highlight businesses in your community, show the face and story behind the business and build emotional ties.  You can also teach kids that giving back can be part of a business model by building it into your program for young entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs love to share their stories and knowledge with others; especially with the next generation of entrepreneurs!  It has been my experience as the youth entrepreneur camp director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Small Business Development Center and running camps for young entrepreneurs at E-seedling that entrepreneurs are excited about helping kids learn about entrepreneurship. Many of them were young entrepreneurs their selves. They are always excited to share how they got started and what they’ve learned on their entrepreneurial journey. Involving Entrepreneurs from your community can be the start of a wonderful relationship between your entrepreneurial members and community families.

How will you keep the entrepreneurial engine running in your community?

As an economic development professional you already know how difficult it is to start and keep businesses running. According to the US Census Bureau there are 11,000 people a day turning 65. That means that coming up with a succession plan for you “Main Street” is extremely important. Another problem is that schools are not preparing kids to become entrepreneurs.  With all the pressure on standardized testing linked to funding for schools, the teachers have to focus on “teaching for the tests”. This leaves little time for other non-core activities in the school day.  You have the opportunity to fill this gap by starting a youth entrepreneur program in your community.  Starting a program with middle-school aged kids (or even younger) can help kids see entrepreneurship as a viable career option which could change their life forever.

A youth entrepreneur program sounds great but, I don’t have the budget or time to start another project!

We agree budgets are tight and we are all asked to do more in less time. That is how E-seedling  can help.

“I always say “Why reinvent the wheel!” I have spent the past 9 years developing and improving the youth entrepreneur camp for middle-school aged kids at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now have packaged it in a modular format so you can use it to fit your needs.”  ~Julie Ann Wood, Chief Cultivator E-seedling, LLC

Even though the curriculum has been used mainly in a 4 or 5 day commuter summer youth entrepreneur day camp for kids ages 9-14, the modular format allows you to break it down into shorter segments so it could easily be implemented as an after-school or weekend program. Knowing that chamber resources are tight, the entire curriculum is priced at under $250 so it is affordable for any budget.

You may still be asking, but how do I implement a youth entrepreneur program when I don’t have the staff resources to do so? E-seedling can also help you with this. To fit your specific needs, you can choose from several packages. We have a full turn key option to help you plan, market and run your camp to a hourly rate basis. We also have solutions to how to come up with the money to pay for the services so you don’t have to worry about the cost.

How do I get started? We would love to discuss your needs and see how E-seedling can help your chamber of commerce implement youth entrepreneurship. To set up a free consultation to see how we can help, email Julie Wood at juliewood@eseedling.com or call 608-332-9836.

To get a taste of one of the favorite activities in our Youth Entrepreneur Camps, I’ve included a Do-It-Yourself version of the popular Biz Ops Game that you can download for free (just click on the graphic below)! This game teaches business operations in a fun and engaging way and can be used as a basis for teaching basic entrepreneurship!

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