Rural Enterprise Reporter
‘Mind Your Own Business’ Workshop for Students
Perhaps it will be a rural small
business if entrepreneurship is introduced early as a career
The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance
Project (REAP) is finding ways to engage youths early in their
REAP sponsors a network of community microbusiness associations
to build rural businesses and improve the livelihood of rural
people. By inviting youth to participate, REAP associations are
encouraging youths to invest in their communities in the belief
they will one day feel they can return and provide a better
quality of life for their families.
Another way REAP is encouraging youth involvement is through the
Mind Your Own Business workshop. This workshop was piloted in
December 2002 at Auburn, Nebraska’s high school with Mrs. Hahn’s
Introduction to Business course. It was incorporated into the
regular class time plus an additional homeroom time.
The students created a prospective business, worked on the
business name, logo, image, customer relations, personnel
issues, and marketing ideas. These activities got them thinking
about the possibility and the positives or negatives of being an
This workshop is available to other communities and schools. It
can be adapted to a variety of settings.
Contact REAP specialists Monica Braun, 402.643.2673 or Glennis
McClure, 402.645.3296 if you are interested in bringing the
‘Mind Your Own Business’ workshop to your school or community.
Contact: Glennis McClure, 402.645.3296 or
email@example.com or Monica Braun,
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.