How to Start a Youth Entrepreneur Program

How to Start a Youth Entrepreneur Program

One of the most frequent questions I get about youth entrepreneurship is, “How do I start a youth entrepreneurship program?" People would find me on the internet from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Small Business Development Center Youth Entrepreneur Camp page...

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How to Teach Business Using Experiential Learning Activities

How to Teach Business Using Experiential Learning Activities

How to teach entrepreneurship using real life experiences. This article includes the activities used in the More Than a Lemonade Stand Youth Entrepreneurship curriculum. The two activities include the Biz Ops Game to teach business operations and a Team Lemonade Stand.

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Can you Tell the Difference between Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners?

Utilizing Local Entrepreneurs to Teach Kids Entrepreneurship

How to utilize local entrepreneurs to teach kids entrepreneurship. Parts 1-4 of the series included: an overview of the 5 things to successfully teach kids entrepreneurship, how to choose a business idea, how to create a feasible business model and what business...

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Teaching Business Basics to Kids – Part 4 to teach kids’ entrepreneurship

Teaching Business Basics to Kids – Part 4 to teach kids’ entrepreneurship

In parts 1-3 I discussed an overview of the 5 things to successfully teach kids’ entrepreneurship, how to choose a business and how to create a feasible business model; this post will focus on teaching business basics for starting and running a successful business. In...

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Visiting a Lemonade Stand Encourages Young Entrepreneurs

Visiting a Lemonade Stand Encourages Young Entrepreneurs

Summer's are HOT which makes it a great opportunity for you to take advantage of the neighborhood lemonade stand. TIP: If the young entrepreneurs are smart, they will set it up in the shade or pop-up a shade tent to help you cool down even more. But Lemonade stands...

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5 things to successfully teach kids entrepreneurship: How to Create a Feasible Business Model (Part 3)

5 things to successfully teach kids entrepreneurship: How to Create a Feasible Business Model (Part 3)

5 Things to Teach Kids Entrepreneurship - How to Create a Feasible Business Model (Part 3 of 5) In part one of 5 things to successfully teach kids entrepreneurship, I outlined the five steps that we use with our More Than a Lemonade Stand™ Youth Entrepreneur...

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Helping Kids Choose a Business Idea: 5 things to teach kids entrepreneurship (Part 2 of 6)

Helping Kids Choose a Business Idea: 5 things to teach kids entrepreneurship (Part 2 of 6)

Helping Kids Choose a Business Idea they can Start (Part 2 of the 5 things to successfully teach kids entrepreneurship series) One thing that we discuss in the More Than a Lemonade Stand™ youth entrepreneur program, before having kids choose a business idea, is what...

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How to Start a Youth Entrepreneur Program

Youth Entrepreneur Camp – A Fun Way to Learn about Business

“Just because you’re a kid doesn’t mean you can’t start a business”. ~Sophia, youth entrepreneur camp attendee That was what Sophia said to me during our youth entrepreneur camp. And the best part is she was right! It is amazing the ideas that kids come up with during...

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I have an Aspiring Entrepreneur – now what?

I have an Aspiring Entrepreneur – now what?

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...

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Teaching Business Operations with the Biz Ops Game

Teaching Business Operations with the Biz Ops Game

Teaching Business Operations with the Biz Ops Game is one of the kid's favorite (and my favorite) activities that is used in the More Than a Lemonade Stand Youth Entrepreneur Curriculum. It is a business simulation board game that focuses on teaching business...

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7 Steps to Start a Kid Business

7 Steps to Start a Kid Business

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...

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What is an Entrepreneur?

What is an Entrepreneur?

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...

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There is more than one way to become a Billionaire Entrepreneur

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...

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Is Your Lemonade Stand Illegal?

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...

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I have a business idea – 5 steps young entrepreneurs can start with!

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...

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10 Awesome Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

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...

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Avoid Summer Brain Drain – Help your kids start a business!

There is still a month left of summer vacation and the kids are getting bored! Why not have them start a business? Starting a small business is a good way to keep the brain drain away and keep the kids busy, learn responsibility, earn money and build their resume!...

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Youth Entrepreneurs are Changing the World – get in on the change!

Youth Entrepreneurs are Changing the World! Every day I read about amazing young entrepreneurs who are making our world a better place. It is both encouraging and inspiring learning about what the next generation of entrepreneurs is accomplishing! But, if you think...

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Are you ready for Lemonade Day? (How to build a Lemonade Stand out of PVC Pipe)

How to Build a Lemonade Stand out of PVC Pipe (in 6 easy steps) Since Lemonade day is coming up soon and summer is not far behind; I thought it would be helpful to share what I learned when I built my lemonade stand booth that I used a recent trade show. Many of the...

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There is never a PERFECT Time to Start a Business

Starting a business is a lot like starting a family; if you wait for the time be perfect – it will never happen. They are both huge commitments in time, energy and emotion and that commitment will last for years. When I was 27, I started my first “real business” – an...

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What’s Your Customer Mantra?

  Every week should be customer service week In 1984 the International Customer Service Association (ICSA), which since merged with PACE, created and launched National Customer Service Week™. On October 8, 1992, President George H. W. Bush signed Presidential...

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Games Make Learning Fun!

There were 2 things this past week that reminded me how much I love using games as a learning activity. The first one was a webinar that I participated in from Zingerman’s Zing Train program on using Mini-games to train employees. The second was as I was putting the...

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Finding Your Passion to Make Meaning

When I start working with kids and adults on entrepreneurship one of the first things I work on is choosing a business idea that they will develop. They usually attend a class or a camp because they want to start a business and so it’s important to keep their...

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5 Myths of why teachers may not be teaching entrepreneurship

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk to local 8th graders at a career day event. They asked a lot of great questions and were very engaged – I was very impressed with the school as they have a special program that helps kids who want to go to college. Many of the...

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Compelling Reasons for Entrepreneurship at a Young Age

Disengagement and Drop outs I’m sure if you have a school-aged child, you have asked them “how was your day?”  The reply is usually (if they are a boy anyway), “fine”.  So of course you probe a bit more and you find out that in 3 of the 6 classes they watched movies. ...

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