CANTON – A dozen Crenshaw Center College eighth quality students are getting classes in entrepreneurship.
The pupils are collaborating in the Youth Entrepreneur Program made by the Stark County Minority Enterprise Affiliation.
All through the 5-week system software, college students will crack into 4 teams of a few, just take on a organization strategy and establish a prepare for a corporation. Later on they will pitch their thought to space enterprise leaders, identical to a “Shark Tank” presentation.
Particulars of Stark’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program
The program’s purpose is to get learners energized about the prospect of beginning a company, reported Leonard Stevens, main government officer of the Minority Enterprise Affiliation.
As the next session began on Tuesday, the learners been given resources — Google Chromebooks and a backpack — to enable them in the plan. The laptops are courtesy Spectrum and Charter Communications, a partner in the plan.
College students also heard words of encouragement from state Rep. Thomas West, D-Canton, and received some coaching from Nate Chester III, a barber and operator of Chester’s MopShop.
“I’m hoping, and I’m banking that you may be the following technology of business people below in Stark County,” West claimed.
Crenshaw pupils embrace the Stark County Minority Organization Association effort
This is the initial 12 months for the Youth Entrepreneur Program, but Stevens wants to see it expanded future 12 months. He hopes that teaching students about entrepreneurship may clearly show them choices to school.
The Crenshaw pupils utilized for the system immediately after hearing a presentation from the Stark County Minority Business enterprise Affiliation. Applicants were being reviewed by a assortment committee.
Stevens said the association, which formed in 2018, spent two yrs acquiring the Youth Entrepreneur Software. Brenda Stevens — Leonard’s spouse and an educator retired from Malone University — formulated the curriculum.
Learners fulfill for two-hour sessions in which they acquire instruction and hear from a community small business operator who also serves as a mentor in the course of the session. Learners also take part in game titles and pursuits that aid them build their small business strategies.
“We want to get they imagining about the community and considering about the troubles that they want to clear up,” Brenda Stevens reported.
The four groups brainstormed tips for enterprises through the 1st session and put in the second session choosing a company. The following two sessions will be invested getting ready for the presentation, which will be on Could 10.
Leonard Stevens claimed he hopes to have four or 5 judges appraise the shows. He’s doing work with Stark County Group Going Ahead to locate area business enterprise executives who can serve as judges.
Funding for the method is by way of a grant from the town, Leonard Stevens mentioned. The affiliation obtained $50,000 and is using it for this program, together with its Increasing Means for All (Era) application. This 12 months, there are 17 area firms in the Period method.