Center For Rural Research & Development

2014 Biz Kidz

Entrepreneurship (ESI) Camp

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! 

Biz Camp Collage

Biz Kidz Collage

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.


Camp Information

Camp Sessions

Date: Monday, August 4th-Thursday, August 7th
Time: 8:30AM-12:30PM
Location: UNK Campus - West Center Building

Camp ESI Expo

Date: Saturday, August 9th
Time: 12:00PM-3:00 PM
Location: Downtown Kearney "The Bricks"

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


Camp Location Information

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
E: hinrichsj2@unk.edu
F: 308-865-8387
Website: www.unk.edu/crrd

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

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

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

More Information Can Be Found By Clicking The Following Links:

Last Year's 2013 Biz Kidz Camp

Pictures from Last Year
Articles from Last Year

August. 5-8 Biz Kidz Camp offers business skills to kids 11-14

Kearney Hub:Biz Kidz take over downtown

Kearney Hub: Student entrepreneurs showcase talents at expo headline