While some kids are enjoying swimming and sno cones this summer, 12 lucky children learned business basics at the Stanly Community College (SCC) Entrepreneurship Summer Camp. The 3-day camp was open to children ages 10 to 13 and was held on the Albemarle campus of SCC.
Campers were asked to create a unique product to advertise and sell as part of a final project presentation at the end of the week. They brainstormed with each other to develop their product with a name, a purpose, and a price. In order to market their product, they needed to know their target customer and make an avatar of this customer. The final presentation included a billboard and a commercial to assist the campers in selling their product.
Entrepreneurial skills were explained and the role they play in many areas of business and industry. One such area is Agribusiness, with a focus on crop production and entrepreneurial field training. Agribusiness Technology is a new curriculum degree program starting this fall at the College.
Business fundamentals were taught such as the importance of breakeven analysis. The campers were able to apply this term to determine how many products they would need to sell to break even. They soon realized in order to be successful, sometimes alterations must be made to the original plan.
Guest speaker was young entrepreneur Quinton King who started his first business venture at age 15. He gave the campers 10 business tips for becoming an entrepreneur or for becoming a successful employee working for someone else.
On the final day of camp, the campers were given a campus tour of the College. Their favorite part of the tour was the 3D printer located in the Networking lab of Whitley Technology Center. Instructor Adam Carriker explained the significance of 3D printing for cost-effective product prototyping and how it can benefit entrepreneurs.
After presenting their final project, all campers were given a certificate for completing the camp and a book about Entrepreneurship. Jameel Shaheed, age 11, commented, "I really enjoyed this camp – it was inspiring! I liked working with friends and learning about starting my own business."
For more information on entrepreneurship opportunities or small business services, please contact Alicia Herrin, SCC Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development, at 704-991-0182 or visit www.stanly.edu.
Campers present their creative products at Entrepreneurship Camp held at SCC.