En­tre­pre­neur­ial kids set up one-day busi­nesses

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - LOCAL NEWS - KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS KCharlebois@post­media.com

Hand­made soaps, wa­ter bot­tle car­ri­ers, chew toys for dogs and more were for sale at the cul­mi­na­tion of a week­long camp that en­cour­ages the spirit of en­trepreneur­ship.

The Youth En­ter­prise Camp, which ran from Mon­day, July 10 to Fri­day, July 14 wrapped up with its “Busi­ness for a Day” event in the city hall park­ing lot.

Ethan DeGagne-Ross, 11, sold s’mores in­gre­di­ents - gra­ham crack­ers, choco­late and marsh­mal­lows - com­plete with spe­cial roast­ing sticks for $10. But if a po­ten­tial cus­tomer came for the in­gre­di­ents on their lunch break, they’d be out of luck.

“Yeah, I sold out of ev­ery­thing,” said Ethan. “We just thought it would be a good idea, since it’s sum­mer and every­one’s camp­ing and hav­ing bon­fires.”

Nine-year-old Gabrielle Wal­ters was sell­ing wooden spoons, teacups and glass­ware she dec­o­rated. She said she orig­i­nally planned to set up shop with her older brother Ai­dan, but sib­ling ri­valry got in the way.

“We didn’t want to split the money, so we split up and he stuck with his plan and I thought of my plan,” Gabrielle said.

Ai­dan said his plan was to sell stress balls and mag­nets to get money for some­thing spe­cial.

“I’m sav­ing up for a mo­tor­cy­cle one day,” he said.

Cierra Parkhill, a youth en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor with Head Start in Busi­ness said the Youth En­ter­prise Camp has made for an in­ter­est­ing week.

“There are lots of them and it’s been a lit­tle bit chaotic, but it’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “They get to ap­ply ev­ery­thing they’ve learned over the week, and I get to see the lit­tle light­bulb mo­ment when it all comes to­gether for them.

“That’s sort of the best part,” she said.


Youth En­ter­prise Camp par­tic­i­pant Gabrielle Wal­ters smiles from be­hind dec­o­rated glass­ware at the "Busi­ness for a Day" event in the city hall park­ing lot on Fri­day, July 14.

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