Seventeen members of Mitchell Elementary School’s EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) After School Club will receive certificates from Western Nebraska Community College for completing the semester long club.
The ESI Club walks students through the process of creating a micro-business, marketing materials, and products. At the end of the semester, students host an “Expo,” a marketplace open to the public in which the products and/or services they’ve created are sold.
According to Ellen Ramig, ESI instructor, “We’ve more than doubled the size of the Club compared with the past three years, so it looks like there is great interest among the students in learning about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.” Ramig says it’s a privilege to work with these 5th and 6th grade students to share the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur.
“Our goal is to share the basic knowledge of what it takes to own a business so in the future, these students may open a business or will have a better understanding of what their boss must do to have a successful business.”
Students receive a workbook and an opportunity to take the Gallup StrengthsFinder survey. Judy Amoo, Executive Director of the John N. Harms Center on the WNCC Scottsbluff Campus, joined Ramig this year to help teach the Club. According to Amoo, “The semester has been very engaging,” she said. “Assisting these talented young entrepreneurs evolve their concepts into reality has been a privilege. The kids have worked hard and are ready to share their unique products.”
The Expo, held in conjunction with the presentation of the students’ certificates, begins at 10:30 am on May 11 at Mitchell Elementary School. Youth will be staffing their booths and selling their products. The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Chamber’s “First Dollar” to each of the students, all of whom have earned this symbol of support and recognition. The public is encouraged to attend.
In addition, Kelly Sturek, founder of Lincoln, Neb. based Bugeater Foods, served as the keynote speaker and addressed the student body of Mitchell Elementary School.