Biz Kidz Camp was a great success! We had 25 campers participate this year and each camper brought amazing enthusiasm, drive, dedication, and fun to this years camp. We just want to thank everyone that helped us bring this camp all together and congratulate all the campers for making it through this week with A+ type attitudes!
CRRD, 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Kearney Hub:Biz Kidz take over downtown