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FMU to hold entrepreneurship camp

Francis Marion University will host 16 students from Marion High School for a week-long business camp from July 7 to 15.

The camp is being conducted by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and is being co-sponsored by Wachovia and Bank of America. NFTE has conducted business camps at schools including Duke University and New York University.

During the residential program, the students will learn business principles through classroom instruction as well as competitions and games. Guest speakers will also make presentations to the campers. In the evenings, students will participate in fun events

such as attending a Florence Red Wolves game, watching movies, and visiting Mr. Mark’s Fun Park.

This business camp allows students to learn about entrepreneurship and how to make an honest living at any early age. Students will also have an opportunity to prepare a business plan as a major project. At the end of the camp, four business plans will be presented and a winner will be chosen during a closing reception in FMU’s Lowrimore Auditorium.

Through entrepreneurship education, NFTE helps young people from low income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity.

Jimmy Bailey, YEScarolina executive director, said, “The training will teach students what the program is and how to start, maintain, and run their own business.” 

NFTE is designed to change students’ attitudes. Since 1987, the program has reached over 120,000 young people, trained more than 3,700 Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers, and continually improved its innovative entrepreneurship curriculum.

Joe Aniello, an FMU business professor and executive director of the university’s Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute, looks forward to the camp. Aniello said, “Thanks to the generosity of Wachovia and Bank of America, we are able to hold the camp this year.”

He also said, “If it proves successful, our hope is to have a camp every summer, exposing it to more schools in the Pee Dee.” 

For more information about the business camp, contact Aniello at 843-661-1430 or email him at

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Last Published: July 5, 2007 2:51 PM
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