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Iowa Lakes Corridor offers 6th annual Entrepreneurial Academy

Friday, July 6, 2012

Over the week-long day camp, the middle school students will turn a hobby of theirs into a business, to present before a panel of judges. The first-place winner will earn $100. In addition to the competition, the students will learn about creating a business, and will get the opportunity to talk to Kevin Robinson at InfoDog Security.
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Last year, Jill Fahnlander came to the Iowa Lakes Corridor's Entrepreneurial Academy with a hobby for making cupcakes. One week later, she walked out $100 richer as the winner of the Academy's business competition.

This year, another local middle-schooler will join Fahnlander and the four other winners of the Entrepreneurial Academy.

The Entrepreneurial Academy, sponsored by the Iowa Lakes Corridor and hosted at Iowa Lakes Community College, is available for students who have completed sixth through eighth grades. At the week-long day camp, they will learn what it takes to put a business together, from drafting a business plan to creating PowerPoint presentations and business cards.

"Our focus is developing the next generation of entrepreneurs," Holly Pearson, economic development coordinator at the Corridor, said. "We want to get their ideas flowing to learn how to create a business."

In addition to the information and business-planning, the students will get an opportunity to visit Kevin Robinson at InfoDog security, allowing them a hands-on approach to creating a business.

At the end of the week, each student will turn a hobby of theirs into a business, and they will give a presentation in front of a panel of judges. The winner will earn $100, second place will earn $75 and third will earn $50.

The academy starts Monday. The fee for the camp is $49, and includes a meal each day. To register, contact Pearson at 712-264-3474 or at hpearson@lakescorridor.com

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