Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is offering a new opportunity to learn how to start a business at a three-day camp being held in Brookings.

BEDC’s Entrepreneur Camp will run June 5, 6, and 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is open to kids ages 12-14. The purpose of the E-Camp is to provide youth in the Brookings region an introduction to entrepreneurship as a career path. Students will develop business ideas, create business plans and pitch their business as well as work with local mentors.

“In addition to providing kids an opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship, the E-Camp is designed to increase self-confidence and encourage creativity,” said Jennifer Quail, Director of Entrepreneur Support for BEDC and administrator of the program. “We want participants to know that they can have an impact and make a difference.”

Participants in E-Camp will learn the steps to starting a business including; idea development, market research, financials, developing a pitch and marketing. Students will also get to work with a local mentor to help them further develop their business idea in preparation for participating in a pop-up market to be held during Crazy Days.

The E-Camp is just one of BEDC’s many events and programs designed to develop and inspire entrepreneurs, according to Quail. “Brookings has a very supportive culture when it comes to business development,” she said. “We are excited to launch this new program as a part of our continued mission to promote and encourage entrepreneurship with all age groups.”

The program will be held at the Research Park at SDSU. While there is no cost to participate, space is limited and registration is required. To sign up or for more information visit or contact Quail at (605) 697-8103.

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