Biz Kidz

Biz Kidz Kearney

Entrepreneurship Camp

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What: Biz Kidz Camp
When: June 26th-29th
Time: Morning or afternoon session
Where: UNK Campus-West Center Building
Address: 1917 W 24th St, Kearney, NE 68849
**A light snack will be provided mid-session**

Turn your passion into a real life business this summer! The UNK Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development is offering a special entrepreneur class for youth ages 10-14. This day camp aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to start your own business or improve an existing one!

Utilizing UNL’s 4-H Entrepreneurship Investigation (ESI) Camp Guide, you can capture your energy to create and run your own business. Participants will create their business and have the opportunity to sell their goods at a public venue.  We have averaged 12-20 middle school aged campers each summer from 2012 to 2016.  Their average final sale at the Expo as a group is $500-600 in 2 hours.  Post program evaluation results show a 75% increase in youth entrepreneurial confidence, knowledge, and skills.

Janita Pavelka, award winning Youth Entrepreneurship Educator from Holdrege, is excited to be bringing this class back to Kearney for a sixth time!

Attn: Aliese Hoffman   
1917 W 24th St WSTC E127
Kearney, NE 68849
*Limited to the first 40 registrations         
*This is not a Kearney Public Schools Activity

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CERD, Janita Pavelka, and the Nebraska Extension ESI program continue to help our young entrepreneurs build skills in a 4 day camp that ends with an ESI Expo.

2014 Camp Photos

Biz Kidz Camp Photos: Day 1

Biz Kidz Camp Photos: Day 2

Biz Kidz Camp Photos: Day 3

Biz Kidz Camp Photos: Day 4

Biz Kidz Expo: Saturday, August 9th

Biz Kidz Nebraska State Fair ESI Showcase: Sunday, August 24th

Camp Location Information

This entrepreneurship day camp will take place on the UNK campus June 26th through 29th and 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 during a choice between two expo opportunities at the Kearney Hy-Vee on June 30th and July 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Camp Contact Information

Lisa Tschauner
Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development
West Center Room 127EA
1917 W 24th St
Kearney, NE 68849
P: 308-865-8135
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 Coordinator of External Funding of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural 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.

2014 Guest Speakers

Travis Hollman
  • Owner & Creator of Hollman Media
Amanya and Rachel Pavelka
  • Entrepreneurs
Rachel and Amanya
Bruce Lear
  • Black Oak Investment
Vaughn Duncan and Joel Wheeler
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank

Camp Success

Biz Kidz Camp was a great success last year!  We had 25 campers participate this year and each camper brought amazing enthusiasm, drive, dedication, and fun to make the camp a huge hit.  We truly are thankful for everyone that helped us bring last year's camp all together and congratulate all the campers for making it through the week with A+ type attitudes!  On average, each camper made about $40 at the Expo, all money that they got to keep!


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