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English Youth Enterprise Camp wraps up with Business for a Day event

By Christina Van Starkenburg

Shamrock Park, downtown Pembroke

Shamrock Park, downtown Pembroke

Today is the final day for “Business for a Day,” a project of the English Youth Enterprise Camp by Renfrew County Community Futures.

Six companies that were created over the week will be selling their products at Shamrock Park in Pembroke, which is across from Ullrich’s.

The camp was for children between the ages of nine and 13. It provided the campers with the opportunity to learn about being an entrepreneur. They discussed how to write a business plan, find suppliers, finance a business and market their products. As part of the camp, the children met with successful entrepreneurs from the area.

“They will learn about being an entrepreneur, they will form their own companies and they will form their own products,” said Mike Thompson, the Business Development Officer for Community Futures Development Corporation Renfrew County.

They will finish off the camp today by running their own businesses for a day. This year the 31 children created six different companies.

After pitching their company ideas on Wednesday, the children came into town to buy the supplies they needed to create their own products. Some of the products for sale are flower pots, painted bird houses, home-made lip gloss, home-made play-dough, candy kabobs, lemonade, tic tac towels, candy bags, potted herbs and potted flowers.

The market will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Christina Van Starkenburg is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.

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