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Boulder SBDC Launches Entrepreneurship Program for Teens

Monday, May 16, 2016


On Saturday, June 25, the Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Boulder Public Library, in a new collaboration, are hosting a free interactive learning opportunity for teens interested in entrepreneurship. 

“I believe that some of the greatest leaders emerge when they are still young - before the world tells them what they can't do, and before the expectations of fitting into the adult world are forced upon them.  Teens have the most amazing dreams!” says the Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Teens facilitator, Erin Lewis. 

Lewis was the youngest person and first woman to run a major railroad depot in the US, has worked on international business development deals worth over $500 Million for GE, and has been active in the startup community here in Colorado for the past 5 years, and wants to share her experience and expertise with the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Any teen interested in learning about entrepreneurship is encouraged to attend the event on June 25 from 10:00am until 4:00pm at the Boulder Public Library (lunch will be provided). Throughout the day, teens will hear stories from real life entrepreneurs about how they started their own business and discuss various paths the teens could take to start their own. Teens will work in teams throughout the day to walk through the process of manufacturing a product, creating plans, learning about product differentiation and market strategy with changing market conditions, and how to set a price for a product or service. 

In Lewis’ opinion, “I think teens are stuck between people that expect nothing of them, and people expect too much from them, but what they need more of is just exposure to ideas so they can chart their own destiny.  I've made more than my share of mistakes, and have come out the other end. Not having all the answers just means that you are brave enough to ask more questions.”

For more information and to register for this free event, click here



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