Saturday, July 20, 2024

2024 BizCamp Marketplace to Showcase Young Entrepreneurs

by BIZ Magazine

SHREVEPORT, La. – The 23rd Annual James K. Elrod BizCamp Marketplace is set to kick off on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Mall St. Vincent, providing a platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their business ventures. This event, running from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in front of Sears, invites the general public to engage with and support the next generation of business leaders.

BizCamp, an initiative of the Inner City Entrepreneur (ICE) Institute, Northwestern State University (NSU), and Caddo Parish Schools, aims to educate and empower at-risk youth through entrepreneurship and life skills training. The program, now in its 23rd year, began on June 3rd at the NSU School of Nursing campus on Line Avenue.

Throughout the camp, middle and high school students from inner city areas develop business ideas, gain financial literacy, and create business plans, which they present to a panel of community and business leaders. Each participant receives a micro-investment to start their business, allowing them to purchase products from a local warehouse for resale in a competitive marketplace setting.

The open-air Market at Mall St. Vincent offers BizCamp students the opportunity to put their skills into practice. They will interact with customers, sell their merchandise, and demonstrate the marketing and communication skills they’ve honed during the program. This hands-on experience is designed to prepare them for future success as business leaders and employees.

“BizCamp provides invaluable experience to young people, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds,” said Rudy Morton, Managing Director of the ICE Institute. “Our goal is to equip these students with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the business world and to give them a head start on becoming successful entrepreneurs.”

The community is encouraged to attend and support the young entrepreneurs by shopping at the Marketplace. The event not only highlights the creativity and determination of these students but also reinforces the importance of community support in fostering youth development.

For more information about BizCamp and the Marketplace, contact Rudy Morton at 318.425.4234 or via email at [email protected].

About BizCamp:
BizCamp is an entrepreneurship education and life skills training program targeting at-risk youth, providing them with the tools and knowledge to succeed in business and life. It is a collaborative effort by the Inner City Entrepreneur (ICE) Institute, Northwestern State University, and Caddo Parish Schools.

Event Details:

  • Event: 23rd Annual James K. Elrod BizCamp Marketplace
  • Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Mall St. Vincent, in front of Sears

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