4-H Trains Young Business Owners

4-H Trains Young Business Owners

September 29, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) - It could be the poor employment outlook for teens and young adults, but today’s teens aren’t looking for traditional jobs, instead they have their sights set on starting a business.

"I had a bunch of friends that had their own little businesses on the side. Then I thought it was cool and I realized they were earning their own money and I thought I could do it too," said Rebekah Kempker, owner of CutieCakes and KnitWorks

Fourteen-year-old Kempker recently attended the annual 4-H Build A Business Camp to hone her customer service and business skills.

"Entrepreneurship is probably more like riding a bike. So, there’s a steep learning curve because it’s different that a lot of things, but once you have it you can really build on that," said Collin Bunch, Business Development Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension.

By starting small businesses, young entrepreneurs are helping to keep hometown-talent home.

"Many communities are facing that issue of youth moving away after high school. Entrepreneurship offers a method by which young people can find there are opportunities in their backyard," said Steve Henness, 4-H Youth Specialist for MU Extension.

Kempker is an example of a budding entrepreneur taking advantage of MU Extension opportunities, such as Build A Business Camp.
Henness said, "In those ways we’re making connections and helping them take the next step that will grow their network and put them in front of the people that they’re going to need to succeed."

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Story provided by University of Missouri Extension.

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