Youth Summer Entrepreneurial Camp June 21-25

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Florida Institute of Technology will host a summer entrepreneurial camp in collaboration with Junior Achievement of the Space Coast. The camp, from June 21 to 25, will meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Link Building, Room 323, on campus. The camp is open to high school students ages 13-18; the deadline to register is June 10.

Camp participants will learn concepts and skills in business planning, advertising, ethics, financing, marketing, graphic presentation and management in an engaging, fun, safe and interactive environment. “During this week-long day camp young entrepreneurs will learn what it takes to be the next Donald Trump of their generation,” said Donn Miller-Kermani, WBC director.

Campers will learn what it means to be an entrepreneur, how to develop a business plan from idea creation to advertising their products, and how businesses sometimes must make tradeoffs when resources are limited. Most important, they will learn that success is not magical, but the result of preparation. The youths will interact with faculty and staff guest speakers from the business community.

Upon program completion students will be able to recognize, evaluate and implement the strategies of a successful entrepreneur; explore and plan marketing and sales strategies based on a well-thought-out business plan; demonstrate innovative business planning skills; and develop a start-up checklist that includes budgeting and financial forecasts.

Entrepreneur Hugh Brown, Junior Achievement of the Space Coast Business Hall of Fame Laureate, will be the guest speaker June 25.Brown is the founder and former president and CEO of BAMSI, Inc., a full-service engineering and technical services company. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank of Orlando, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Council on Economic Education.

The camp fee of $375 per student includes snacks and lunch. A limited number of scholarships are available. Contributing to the scholarship funds is Cindy Dropeski, president of Melbourne-based Intercoastal Insurance Inc. She said, “I’m making the investment because I believe in the concept of an entrepreneurial camp and to show my support for Florida Tech’s WBC.”

For more information, e-mail Donn Miller-Kermani at or call (321) 674-7006.

About Junior Achievement of the Space Coast (JASC)

Junior Achievement of the Space Coast is the Brevard organization dedicated toinspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Througha dedicated volunteer network,JASC provides in-school and after-school programs for students, which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, JASCreaches more than 7,000 students in Brevard County. For more information, visit

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