Do you want to deepen and nurture relationships with the existing entrepreneurs in your community?
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. They are always excited to share how they got started and what they’ve learned on their entrepreneurial journey. Building a program for young entrepreneurs can not only help you deepen your relationship with existing entrepreneurs but can help you build new relationships and partnerships with businesses you may have not had in the past.
Do you want to build loyalty and avoid brain drain in your community?
Think about when you had a mentor, coach or teacher that helped you achieve a big goal. It is likely that you are still loyal to that person to this day. It has been proven that people are more loyal to someone if they help them achieve a goal or a dream. 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 part of a business model by building that into a program for young entrepreneurs.
Do you want to keep the entrepreneurial engine running?
As an economic development professional you already know how difficult it is to start and keep businesses running. And according to the US Census Bureau there are 11,000 people a day turning 65. So coming up with a succession plan for you “Main Street” is extremely important. The other 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 them see entrepreneurship as a viable career option.
This sounds great, but I don’t have the time or budget to start a youth entrepreneur program!
Of course I want all of these things but I’m already over worked and I don’t have the budget. I agree budgets are tight and we are 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 at UW-Madison and now have packaged it in a modular format so you can use it to fit your needs. If you don’t have the resources to implement a full youth entrepreneur camp, you can choose the parts and start a one day a week after school program or a Saturday boot camp. Knowing that your resources are tight, there are several options to fit any budget.
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!
Here’s how to get started:
1) If you are a “Do-it-Yourselfer” or just want some ideas for activities and content to incorporate entrepreneurship with the youth in your community, then the More Than a Lemonade Stand™ book is for you. This book includes all of the activities and curriculum ideas you need to create your own version of a youth entrepreneurship program. An added bonus is the the complete planning checklist to for starting a program for young entrepreneurs in your community. By utilizing the expertise of existing entrepreneurs in your community you will deepen their commitment and loyalty. You will be amazed at how excited the entrepreneurs in your community will be to help give back to a young entrepreneur program, all you have to do is ask. More Than a Lemonade Stand™ is available at your favorite online bookstore.
2) If you want to implement youth entrepreneurship into your community and don’t have the time or resources to develop the curriculum and don’t want to “reinvent the wheel” then the More Than a Lemonade Stand™ Facilitator Guide and Student Workbook is for you. Included in the curriculum are modules that teach How to Choose a Business Idea, Branding, Marketing & Sales, Financials, Customer Service and Business Operations. Bonus modules include Presentation skills and Business Ethics. Also included is the Lemonade Stand “Apprentice Style” Team activity. They are provided in electronic formats to keep the cost affordable and so that you can easily customize them to fit your needs. The Facilitator Guide is the complete curriculum in MS-Power Point and includes the teaching script in the notes portion to get up and teaching fast. The student workbook is in a PDF format and can be reproduced for the students to use. The complete curriculum contains over 30 hours of programming that you can pick and choose from for your needs. It is available for ordering on the products & services page.
3) If you want a fun activity to introduce entrepreneurship to the young persons in your community, then The Biz Ops Game™ Facilitator Kit is a great way to do this. The kit includes everything you need to use this fun interactive board game to teach business to the kids ages 10 and up. The game is a great way to introduce entrepreneurship and teaches kids how a business runs and can be played and debriefed in about 90 minutes. The game is best suited for groups up to 30 at a time and since materials are reusable and forms can be copied the kit can used over and over. The kids are divided in small teams of 4 or 5, create their own company, assign jobs to run the company, budget and track sales all while designing, making and selling paper airplanes. The team with biggest profit wins! What a fun way to run a workshop to get the kids in your community excited about entrepreneurship. It is available for ordering on the products & services page.
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5) Teacher/Facilitator Training we are working hard on scheduling a live teacher 2-3 day interactive and engaging training session in Madison, WI. We are also working on creating a video training that you can complete whenever it is convenient to you. We will update this as soon as details are finalized. If you would like to be contacted regarding the training please sign up for our mailing list or email me at email@example.com
6) Customization for your group. The curriculum was developed originally for middle school aged kids but has been adapted for kids ages 9 – 16. If you would like assistance with customizing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation and estimate.
If you still are feeling hesitant about implementing youth entrepreneurship into your community, I am here to help you. Please contact me at email@example.com or 608-332-9836 and I would be happy to set up a free consultation to answer any questions you might have. I am also available on an hourly or project basis if you need it. And as always, our products are 100% guaranteed so if at any time you feel the products are not meeting your needs we will issue you a refund. (All we ask is that you return the products and let us know why, as we strive to continuously improve our products & services).
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