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High School Student Entrepreneurship Program Offered

RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education and the Small Business Development Center will offer Generation Inc., a program designed for high school students interested in starting their own business. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 4-May 2, in Eau Claire.

Students will learn how to set up a business, attract customers and find money to launch their business venture. The class will visit local business owners to learn how they got their start and then develop their own products and services. At the conclusion of the program, students will have the opportunity to enter their business plan in the Economic Development Center's annual "Creating Your Own Business" contest. Contest entrants have the chance to win $1,000 to launch their own small business.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education youth coordinator Libby Thurston believes that Generation Inc. can teach students more than how to start a business.

"We're excited to see students work toward the goal of small business ownership," Thurston said. "But we hope that Generation Inc. also will build skills such as teamwork, organization, communication and personal confidence that can help teens achieve any future goal."

The cost for Generation Inc. is $49 per person and includes an entrepreneurial training book, Generation Inc. T-shirt, business cards designed by the students, and supplies to create a business plan and marketing materials.

To register, obtain additional program information, or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), e-mail ce@uwec.edu or visit their Web site.

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