UNCW teaches youth how to turn business dreams into reality

Posted by Debra Worley - email
Writing contributed by WECT intern Michelle Peck

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Cameron School of Business at UNCW is offering teens from 5 different counties entrepreneurial experience and interaction with faculty and regional business professionals throughout the week.

About 60 campers are expected in this year's Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP).

"YEP helps bridge the gap between the university and the community," said YEP Program facilitator Tammi Hamilton. "I want to make the dream of college a reality for all of these children. We are teaching them the value of self and that they should believe in themselves."

YEP is a week-long summer program for students ages 12-16. During the five day program, students will create their own business idea and develop a complete business plan including financing, product development, marketing and staffing.

Friday, campers will give business presentations to professionals and receive feedback and suggestions for improvement.

"My favorite part of YEP was the individual attention and the hands-on experience I gained in thinking of all parts of forming a business," said former camper Kevin Thompson.

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