Entrepreneurial kids set up one-day businesses
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.