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1 Youth Entrepreneurship: You Can “Be the E” Steve Henness 4-H Center for Youth Development Love It! Plan It! Do It!

2 Standing Poll (Vote with Your Feet) Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with each of the following statements? “As a place to live, my community is getting better all the time.” “My community won’t be the place I choose to live in ten years.” “I would like to open my own business some day.” “If I decided to open a business tomorrow, adults in my community would help me start it and grow it into a success.” “I will stay and live in my community if I have the opportunity to do so.”

3 Survey Results Show… 70% of high school students would like to own a business some day. -Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 70% of high school students would like to stay in their home communities. -Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

4 In most rural communities, the message young people are hearing from adults is:

5 In most rural communities, the message young people are hearing from adults is: “You have to leave this town if you want to find opportunity and be successful in life.”

6 Does That Make Sense?

7 Young People in Missouri Have the Potential to Be Home Grown Entrepreneurs

8 What is an Entrepreneur? “An entrepreneur is a person who has the insight to see an opportunity and seize it. I think successful entrepreneurs are strong leaders, have high integrity, and are willing to take a risk to achieve success in business.” -Paul Haarstick, age 16 PaulNet Communications, Vergas, MN

9 What is an Entrepreneur? ”Although an entrepreneur is classified as one who starts his/her own business, there is a lot more involved. It requires time, effort, hard work, and dedication. I didn’t plan to be an entrepreneur – it was a spontaneous response to seeing an opportunity.” -Lacey Kleckner, age 16 Cool Strings Jewelry, Allentown, PA

10 Entrepreneurship is About… Loving It Planning It Doing It

11 Examples of Young Entrepreneurs at Work

12 Manure Gourmet Coy Funk, 14, and Skylar Schipper, 13 Stillwater, OK

13 Skinny Dipper Apples Dustin Beck, age 19 Beverly Hills, CA

14 Deaton’s Corn Maze Kelsey Deaton, age 17 Troy, OH

15 Now It’s Your Turn!

16 Picture Yourself in Business! Who would you involve? What would you sell? When would your business be open? Where would your business be located? How would you market your product or service? Why is this a good choice of business over others?

17 Main Street MCB (Youth Business Idea Competition)

18 Create a Business Card for Your Business!

19 What Goes in a Business Card? Business name Logo Brief description of product or service Business owner name Address, phone number, , web

20 Main Street MCB – Part 1 1.Be sure your business card includes your name and address. 2.Pick up some startup money from one of our bankers. 3.Pick out a location for your business.

21 Main Street MCB – Part 2 4.Vote for one or more of your favorite business ideas by placing your money under the business cards on the grid. 5.Think about which ideas are the most creative, and stand the best chance to succeed. (Hint: which products or services would you actually buy?) 6.You may only vote for other business cards (not your own).

22 Main Street MCB – Part 3 7.Results will be posted on the MCB website after the conference. 8.An electronic photo of your business card will be ed to you. 9.We will add your name to a statewide database of young people interested in entrepreneurship.

23 Go For It!

24 In Conclusion… What Gift Do You Want from Your Community at High School Graduation?

25 Keys to a sports car? :-D A suit case? (the message: you have to move away in order to be successful.) Or a mail box? (the message: you have an “address for success” right here…think about staying, or coming back!)

26 The End! “Be the E” curriculum

27 Steve Henness 4-H Center for Youth Development 803 Clark Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO Tel: 573/ Web:


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