CampBiz Coming June 18-22

Where do entrepreneurs come from? We hope to produce them at an early age. Thanks to a new program offered by 4-H in collaboration with the University of Illinois Extension – Knox County and the Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois, some of the regions brightest minds will be learning about entrepreneurship this summer.

Five area high school students are signed-up to participate in CampBiz from June 18-22nd. Originally scheduled as a six-week long program beginning in April, the course was re-tooled to encourage student participation.  Now an intensive five day event, 7-12th graders will have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship at the Sustainable Business Center in Galesburg.

From learning about business plans to meeting the heroes behind real-life startups, participants in the course are sure to take-away new knowledge about how they can become entrepreneurs themselves. “More than a textbook and lectures, CampBiz is really about engaging students in the exciting world of entrepreneurship — showing them the opportunities that exist in the new economy” said Ryan Lilly, manager of the Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois.

Lilly will be joined by Carrie McKillip and staff at the Sustainable Business Center in leading the class.  Participation is free for 4H members in Knox, Warren, Mercer and McDonough counties.  For those who are not members a one-time $20 fee applies.

A small press conference wrapping-up the week and providing an overview of the course is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 22nd. Time TBA.

For more information or to register contact Angel Wright at the University of Illinois Extension – Knox County: 309-342-5108 or angiew@illinois.edu.  

For more information on the Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois contact Ryan Lilly: 309-371-0473 or ryan.lilly@ebinetwork.org.

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