More than 30 area middle school students, ages 13-15, will spend three days building their own businesses and competing against their peers as part of the fourth Summer Business Academy (SBA) sponsored by the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University-Pueblo, June 7-10.
The SBA provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for middle school students to build
their own businesses and compete against other teams. According to SBA organizer Stig Jantz, participants also will visit local businesses, experience college life by living in the residence halls and dining in the cafeteria, make new friends with fellow SBA participants, connect with CSU-Pueblo business students who served as business mentors, and meet local business leaders, who volunteer as judges for the business plan competition.
The first day’s activities begin with a program overview and personality assessment. On an action-packed Monday, participants test their nerves on the University’s outdoor Challenge Course before splitting into venture teams to create business plans. Monday also includes a tour of Little Caesar’s Pizza and a talk on business ethics by former NHL player and business owner Dave Feamster. Tuesday features a session on the Truths and Myths of Attending College, tours of Texas Roadhouse and Atlas Pacific Engineering, and a swimming party. Teams present their business plans in advance of the closing ceremonies on Wednesday at noon.
One of the few such business-school-sponsored summer camps in the nation, the SBA is subsidized by HSB, and several Pueblo-area businesses and individuals, including Little Caesars Pizza, US Bank, Gomez Financial Group, Texas Roadhouse, and Atlas Pacific Engineering.
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