Bizkids camp back in business

THUNDER BAY, ONT. – Pandemic restrictions have lifted, summer is around the corner and summer camps for children are back on the slate after a two-year hiatus, including the popular Bizkids camp at the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Center.

Designed for youngsters 9-12 years of age, the one-week Bizkids camps offer opportunities to discover how to become an entrepreneur while developing business skills they can build on.

From learning how to generate plans, concepts and business ideas to developing marketing strategies and financing, the sky’s the limit for growing business skills. The finale of the week will engage each participant who will feature their concept in a market day, where they will be able to sell their product or service and earn actual cash.

Bridget Postuma, business development advisor with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Center, says these types of camps are a valuable experience for exposing children to entrepreneurship early on to stimulate ideas and strategies of the different aspects of business.

The camps launch the students into post-secondary business classes to create their own businesses. Postuma says many return with an update on their endeavors.

“The goal is to expose them to entrepreneurship and have them run a business for a day,” Postuma said.

“Throughout the week, they work on a business plan. They learn about financing. They actually have to go through the process of securing a loan with us for $ 20, look at what their costs are for their business and come up with some marketing.

“Our graphic team here helps them design a logo. And then on Friday they actually get to run their business for a day. We hold a market here at the Innovation Center, they set up a booth and they’re able to sell their products – and they get to keep any of the cash that they make. ”

After the two-year hiatus of the program, Postuma says there will be some small alterations around the return from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve taken the COVID precautions,” she said. “Traditionally, we would visit a few different businesses with the youth. But just to keep things safe, we’re going to skip that and just follow the COVID protocols, and we’ll have a few less students in the classroom as well. ”

Each camp will host up to 10 participants and will take place on July 11 to 15 and again on Aug. 15 to 19 from 9 am to 4 pm daily. The cost per camp week is $ 185.

To register a child for the Bizkids camp, visit the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Center website and download the registration form which needs to be filled out manually. Upon completion, email the document to [email protected]

When you receive confirmation of a camper’s spot for the child, payment must be made to NOIC through an e-transfer, check or cash.

Camp spots are limited and will be filled based on registration and payment.

Email [email protected] or call 807-768-6689 for more information.

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