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Registration Continues for Youth Entrepreneur Camp

Space is still available at the University of Iowa's Youth Entrepreneur Camp sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and Hills Bank and Trust. The camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, July 14 to July 18 in the John Pappajohn Business Building.

The camp is for students in fourth, fifth or sixth grades who want to learn what it's like to start a business by learning about entrepreneurship through classroom and practical experience. They will identify the basic skills required of entrepreneurs, learn how to market a product or service, determine profit potential for a new venture, and by the end of the week, develop a plan to start their own businesses.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to explore entrepreneurship. The camp is designed to teach youth basic entrepreneurial skills and to help them develop a plan for starting their own business. The students will hear from successful entrepreneurs and learn how they can turn their ideas into businesses," said JPEC director David Hensley.

The "user friendly" course materials are designed specifically for youth. They have eye-catching illustrations, contain examples to which young people can relate and include activities to stimulate interest in the various aspects of entrepreneurship.

Cost for the five-day camp is $120, which includes bus transportation for tours to business sites, class materials, snacks and lunches. An application for the program is available at

JPEC is also sponsoring a summer camp for high school students June 24 to June 27 where participants can earn seed capital to start their business or for future college tuition. See the JPEC website or contact Dawn Bowlus at (319) 335-0985 or for more information about both programs.

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