Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Business Development and Entrepreneurship Center (BDEC) hosted its annual Youth Entrepreneurship Camp on June 23-27 on PCC’s Person County Campus. The camp introduced students to the concept of entrepreneurship as a career opportunity.

Students worked together to create and name a business, develop a product line, and market their business through business cards, flyers, billboards, and a commercial. Local business leaders Justin Winters, President, Diamond Candles; John Deberry, founder and President, Blo-Glo organic personal care products; and Jonna Walton, Manager, Small Business Lending, BB&T, shared their knowledge, expertise and advice on owning and operating their businesses. The students also visited a local manufacturing facility, P&A Industrial Fabrications, LLC, to get a firsthand look at the production process. On the final day of the camp, students presented their business ideas to a panel of local business people including Dave Hughston, Director, P&A Fabrication; Alicia Puryear, CEO, Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce; and Bayard Crumpton, owner, Nu-Way Cleaners.

Camp director was Tara Hubbard, Virtual Enterprises International Facilitator at Person High School. She has over 10 years of experience in the Person County Schools, working with both middle and high school students.

The camp’s sponsors included Bojangles, Diamond Candles, Food Lion, Furniture Mart, Golden Corral, McDonald’s, O’Kelly’s, Pepsi, and Pizza Hut in addition to PCC and the BDEC.

Youth Entrepreneurship Camp participants included, from left: front—Caleb Tuck, Benjamin Gregory, Colton Fox, Ethan Bowman, Jackson Evans, Jada McCain, and Lily Hoard; back row–Jackson Loftis, Joshua Rice, Gabriella Counou, Collin Graves, Ahn Overbey, Jarratt McCain, and Ryan Nesbitt; not pictured, Evan Carr.

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