Center For Rural Research & Development

2014 Biz Kidz

Entrepreneurship (ESI) Camp

CRRD will partner once again with Janita Pavelka, award winning Youth Entrepreneurship Educator from Holdrege, and the Nebraska Extension ESI program to bring back a 4-day Middle School summer camp focused on entrepreneurial skill building.

Courtney Mahoney at the Biz Kidz Expo 2013

This camp will take place on the UNK campus August 4th – 7th (Monday through Thursday mornings). Participants will create a business and have the opportunity to sell their goods and make some real money. Last year, the 12 campers sold over $600 in 2 hours. It is sure to get your child or student excited about business in a fun and interactive environment complete with guest speakers. The final sale event, or Expo, will be Downtown Kearney-On the Bricks on Saturday, August 9 from Noon-3. Turn your passion into a real life business this summer!

Biz Kidz Camp

Camp Information

ESI Camp Info

Biz Kidz ESI Camp Application

Camp Location

This entrepreneurship day camp will take place on the UNK campus August 4th through August 7th and it is sure to get your students excited about business ownership in a fun and interactive environment complete with guest speakers and a chance to actually sell their product/service at the ESI Expo to take place on Saturday at the “MarketPlace on 23rd Street” (in Downtown Kearney-On the Bricks) from noon to 3PM.

UNK Map with Camp Location

Camp Contact Information

Jessica Hinrichs
Administrative Specialist
Center for Rural Research and Development
West Center RM 125E
1917 W 24th St
Kearney, NE 68849
P: 308-865-8199
F: 308-865-8387

Camp Instructor

Janita Pavelka

Janita is an Entrepreneurship Educator and help kids develop their own business skills.  She does this by not only teaching them in the classroom but also by giving them the opportunity to actually do it as well.  In a fun and interactive way Janita brushes the surface on real-life business skills such as financial management, customer service, public speaking, problem solving, creativity, and confidence.  Pavelka has a degree in Social Work/Psychology and Education; being an educator for 22 years teaching students ages 5 to 90!

Nebraska Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award Winner

Camp Sponsor

Shawn Kaskie

Shawn is the Director of the Center for Rural Research and Development at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the College of Business and Technology and helped start the camp in 2013. He has a Masters Degree in Regional Planning and undergraduate majors in Public Administration, Sociology, and Psychology from Hastings College. He has experience providing in community economic development & market research services to over 60 communities in over a dozen rural Midwest counties throughout Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin & in Papua New Guinea as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Guest Speakers


EXPO: August 9th 12PM-3PM

The Lemonade Stand

In conjunction with the Biz Kidz Expo, there is also The Lemonade Stand.  It is a program formed to educate youth about business and loans but is structured for a younger age group with shorter trainings in a few short hours.  Elementary kids of all ages are sponsored by a downtown business which will loan them cash for the day to create and complete a business plan for their lemonade stand.  At the end they pay back the loan and even give a percent of the profits to charity. 

Lemonade Stand

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Last Year's 2013 Biz Kidz Camp

Pictures from Last Year
Articles from Last Year