Break Into Business, a partner of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, hosted a camp in July at Rome Dunwoody Innovative Workplace in Atlanta, Ga. Twenty-three elementary and middle school students from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School were broken into six teams, each tasked with creating a product, branding it and budgeting for their new business. Throughout the week students were taught key staples of financial literacy and business ownership.
Hannah Pagano and Savannah Warrick, both age 11, developed a business called Stress, Inc., selling homemade stress balls. Other teams created products such as homemade beef jerky, homemade cookies, smoothies and dog treats. At the end of the week, the teams were given the opportunity to set up booths in the Dunwoody shopping center and sell their products to local patrons. The profit was then split amongst the team.
Hannah and Savannah both said they learned a lot about the stock market – which they think will be useful when they are older – and that one day they plan to go into business for themselves.
Break Into Business strives to inspire and educate the next generation of young entrepreneurs and business leaders. Children in the program are both referred and recruited. Monica Lage, co-founder and director for the Atlanta branch, conducts workshops at local schools where she teaches students what it means to be an entrepreneur. Students interested in learning more can sign up to participate in a summer enrichment camp like this one.
Watch this video to learn more about the Break into Business vision.