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Entrepreneurship Update: Empowering our young people

It is projected that by 2025 1/3 of the workforce in rural Iowa will be self employed entrepreneurs. It’s an empowering thought when you recognize that we will be creating our own destiny instead of “waiting for someone else” to recognize the value we can add to the economy. Building this culture of innovation and problem solving may come natural for many, but supporting each other to not have to learn “the hard way”, can increase capacity and speed of success.

There are a number of ways young people can take charge of their future this summer by attending entrepreneurship camps. In some instances, scholarships and college credit are available:

1) Business Horizons Camp (For High School Students)
Sun, July 25, 1 p.m. – Fri July30, 3 p.m.
Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa
A week-long, hands-on, action-orientated, live-in summer program for high school students who want to learn about what the future holds for them in the business world. Applications online. Cost $300. Scholarships available. Two college credits available.
Sponsored by Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. www.businesshorizonsiowa.com

2) Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy (For Grades 7 – 9)
Session I: July 19-23, 2010, Iowa City, Iowa
Session II:  July 26-30, 2010, Des Moines, Iowa
Camp participants will: Hear entrepreneurial start-up stories from nationally recognized entrepreneurs, learn the nuts and bolts of starting a business from University of Iowa faculty, network with other young Iowans interested in starting their own business, compete for SEED CAPITAL CASH PRIZES at the end of the week, receive recognition as a top young entrepreneur in Iowa. Cost: $175. Applications online. Sponsored by University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center and Richard O. Jacobson Foundation www.jacobsoninstitute.org/mscamps

3) Jacobson Institute Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (For Grades 4 – 6)
July 12-16, 2010
Daily 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of Iowa, John Pappajohn Business Building, Iowa City, Iowa
During the camp, students will: learn how to make money doing what they love, create business cards, design a business flyer, invent their own ice cream flavor, make new friends, have fun! Cost: $175.  Applications online. Transportation support solutions available. Sponsored by University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center and  Hills Bank & Trust Company.

4) Deadline for the annual Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy at University of Northern Iowa has already passed. For info on next year’s camps. visit:

The Iowa Department of Education is taking proactive steps in the PK – 12 program development to establish entrepreneurship as a visible and valued part of the economic and educational system in Iowa by supporting communication and collaboration among business, industry, education, government, community organizations and citizens resulting in venture creation. Iowa currently ranks 49th nationally on entrepreneurship.


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3 Comments on “Entrepreneurship Update: Empowering our young people”

  1. Jamie Degner May 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I was wondering who i could talk to about buying or renting a place in garwin for my tanning salon. I think that it needs one, Just like any other town in tama county. i think it would be good for the community and it would be a dream for me to put my license and degree to use in the town that i grew up in and love!

    I was wondering about the old resturant “jasons” i know there is nothing in it now. my number is 641-485-6390.

    Jamie Degner

    • Jamie Degner May 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

      In garwin. that is.

    • Lindi Roleofse May 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

      Jamie, that sounds great! Always great to hear how and why people love their Tama County towns too. We have a couple of available downtown properties for Garwin listed under the tab “Data” and then “Available buildings.” Take a look and see what you think of those. In the mean time we will also make a few phone calls and get some more info on the former “Jason’s”. We hope to give you a ring tomorrow to discuss your idea further. Thank you for touching base.

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