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Fostering Entrepreneurial Spirit Early

The Nacogdoches Public Library is offering two classes this summer to promote entrepreneurial development. The Kids Entrepreneurship Academy, which began on July 2nd and runs until July 23rd, is geared toward kids and teens ages 12 to 17, with a goal of getting an early start on the fundamental skills they will need if they choose to become entrepreneurs when they get older. Library Director Mercedes Franks is teaching the class to kids enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club in Nacogdoches. The curriculum includes generating ideas, business planning, skill-building, finding clientele, business execution and more. Each class is a one and a half hours. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on their projects over the course of the program. Students are equipped with laptops provided by the Nacogdoches Public Library, as well as informational handouts to keep for reference. 

Youth Computer and Business Skills is open to all kids in the Nacogdoches area, ages 12-15. The class began July 9th at the Nacogdoches Public Library and ends July 23rd. The program includes making flyers, business cards, learning to use Google Sheets/Excel, and soft skills with emphasis on communication.

Both programs have goals of fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, and providing a pathway to kids as they enter high school and begin planning their futures. NEDCO and the Nacogdoches Public Library hope the skills taught in these programs will give students a headstart in deciding their life tracks.