Fayetteville State University presents Youth Entrepreneurship Day

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.(WNCN) – Area students will find out what it’s like to own and operate their own businesses and learn financial responsibility. The students will be participating in Youth Entrepreneurship Day, a program for children ages 9-12.
Youth Entrepreneurship Day will be held on October 17, 2015. Students from the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County and Great Oaks Youth Development Center will operate beverage stands and will sell lemonade, a variety of flavored punches, bottled water, and snacks. The beverage stands will be located in the parking lots of Manna and Northwood Temple churches and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over the past six weeks, children from the Boys & Girls Club and Great Oaks Youth Development Centers, Inc., worked with FSU faculty to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Faculty followed a customized curriculum guide, Biz Kid$™, to teach participants how to market and sell a product. Children at each center were divided into groups where they selected a beverage to sell, set a fundraising goal, identified the costs, set a price, and developed a promotional plan. A spokesperson from each group presented the business plan to “investors” from Morgan Stanley and Piedmont Natural Gas to secure funding.
“This program was a huge success last year and Fayetteville State University and its sponsors are pleased to be able to support these students again,” said Dr. Pam Jackson, Interim Dean of the FSU School for Business and Economics. This project was the idea of FSU First Lady Nancy Anderson and she has done a tremendous job in insuring the project’s success. She proudly states: “This initiative strengthens FSU’s ongoing work through business, volunteer and philanthropic partnerships to provide financial literacy education and to train the next generation of budding entrepreneurs in our community.”
Youth Entrepreneurship Day is sponsored by Fayetteville State University, Morgan Stanley and Piedmont Natural Gas, Manna Church and Northwood Temple Church, Aramark, The McEachin Family, FSU’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, McDonald’s, BJs , and Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
For more information, contact Dr. Pamela Jackson in FSU School of Business and Economics at (910) 672-1818.

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