Aspire to own your own business?
From market livestock animals and craft sales to worm farming and bio-fuel production, 4-H has been involved in entrepreneurship from its beginning. Entrepreneurship combines business concepts and creativity. 4-H entrepreneurship programs can help you take an existing project to new levels or assist you in bringing a great idea to life while making a profit.
Forms of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship can come in many forms, including making improvements or finding new uses for existing products. Entrepreneurs find solutions to problems, like turning waste products into renewable energy sources. Entrepreneurs identify opportunities, such as selling cold pop on hot day. Entrepreneurship can be a career path and avenue to a successful financial future, and being involved in 4-H entrepreneurship programs today can strengthen your existing skill set.
Developing an entrepreneurial spirit through 4-H
Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk taking. Take a look at what 4-H has to help you create your own future, and how 4-H members from around the state of Michigan have embraced their entrepreneurial spirit!
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Michigan 4-H Career Exploration and Workforce Preparation Team:
December 31, 2012 | Kathy Jamieson | Educating, mentoring and interning tomorrow’s entrepreneurs might be the key to job creation, economic growth and building sustainable community development.
November 29, 2012 | Ginger Hentz | Michigan State University Extension encourages social entrepreneurism through the Creating Entrepreneurial Communities program.
October 31, 2012 | David Radloff | A local entrepreneurship collaborative provides youth with the opportunity to network with other youth and connect with adult mentors who can assist them in the development of their business.
October 31, 2012 | David Radloff | Youth in Delta County gain a better understanding of the realities and barriers of starting a business in a rural area by participating in the “In the Loop Series.”
October 31, 2012 | Becky Henne | Funding from the 4-H Wal-Mart Youth Voice, Youth Choice grant jumpstarts herb growing project at Olivet Public Schools.
October 18, 2012 | Ginger Hentz | The agri-cultural tour supports local economies and offers travelers a delightful drive at the height of autumn color through a hilly terrain boasting countless inland lakes.
October 3, 2012 | Kathy Jamieson | Whether you enjoy raising livestock, creating crafts, growing a garden or designing a website, money can be made doing something you love.
October 3, 2012 | Kathy Jamieson | Research indicates professionalism, communication and team work are the three top skills desired by employers. These “Grab and Go” lessons help youth explore careers, discover their skills and talents and prepare for the workforce.
August 31, 2012 | Sara Keinath | Developing an entrepreneurial mindset helps 4-H youth succeed at summer fairs and in other real-world settings later on in life.
August 29, 2012 | Beth Ferry | Maintaining the health of your animal is important for youth with exhibition swine.