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E-Camp Teaches Innovative Thinking

Over the next few weeks, entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, business owners and young people across Brantley County will celebrate the power of free enterprise and spark energy and interest in the importance of becoming entrepreneurial.

In November, America celebrates American Enterprise Day and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Consequently, Andrea Tanner’s Brantley County High School Business Essentials class kicked off its annual “Entrepreneurship Program” this month. The program is designed to inspire, connect, inform, mentor and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs.  This initiative will provide an educational kick-start for young people to begin a journey to fulfill their potential as self-starters and entrepreneurs.   Brantley County Entrepreneur Camp Participants

In the three-week training program, students will develop a business concept, write a business plan, and develop financial management skills.  They will also design business cards, web pages and other marketing strategies.   Students will tour local Brantley County businesses and discuss entrepreneurship with the owners of Painted Cat Studio, Bennett’s Pharmacy and Michael’s Deli.

Guest speakers this year include State Rep. Mark Williams; Jeanie Boland, Executive Director of Brantley County Development Authority; Judy Hesters, Director of Continuing Education at Okefenokee Technical College; Angie Wilson of Leadership Brantley; Tonya Cooper and Gerald Mitchell, representatives from the State of Georgia Economic Development Office; Larry Wainright, Vice President of Southeastern Bank; and Debbie Graham from Small Business Development Center.  

At the conclusion of the training, Business Essentials students will celebrate graduation with a luncheon and special guest speaker, Mr. Roy Herrington, State Department of Transportation board member.

The Entrepreneurship Program at Brantley County High School is a cooperative endeavor sponsored by the Brantley County Development Authority (through the Entrepreneur Friendly Implementation Fund grant from One Georgia Authority), Brantley County Chamber of Commerce, Brantley County Family Connections, Okefenokee Technical College, Southeastern Bank, and Brantley County High School (with a special career- related grant received from the Georgia Department of Education).

Photo:  The Honorable Mark Williams of House District 178 visited with Andrea Tanner’s Business Education class recently as part of E-camp. Rep. Williams challenged the group to become innovative thinkers and to be persistent and adaptable in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

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