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FMU to host business camp for Marion High School students, July 15-22

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will host 16 students from Marion High School for a weeklong business camp, July 15-22.

             The camp is being conducted by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and is being sponsored by Wachovia. 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 RedWolves game, watching movies, and visiting Mr. Mark’s Fun Park.

            The students will also prepare a business plan as a major project during the camp. 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.

            “Thanks to the generosity of Wachovia, we are able to test this program this year,” said Joe Aniello, an FMU business professor and executive director of the university’s Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute. “If it proves successful, our hope is to have a camp every summer, exposing it to more schools in the Pee Dee.”

            Through entrepreneurship education, NFTE, which is also referred to as Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. Since 1987, NFTE has reached over 120,000 young people, trained more than 3,700 Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers, and continually improved its innovative entrepreneurship curriculum.

            The Marion High School students participating in the program are:

            10th Grade: Fashea’ Alford, Tameka Baldwin, Shaila Cross, Shilla Cross, Essense Eaddy, Keith Hammonds, Amber Powell, Kristen Ray, Buck Reynolds, Matthew Scruggs, Ross Stroud

            11th Grade: Prestina Brock, Amber Coleman, Desmond Cox, Brittany Harraway, Christopher Townsend

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

#204 / 6-26-06
Last Published: February 8, 2007 8:52 AM
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