BEP summer camp is all business

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Business Summer Camp students even gets mini-golf lesson, because after all, golf is the sport of business.

“I wish I had had the opportunity to go to a camp like this when I was your age,” said State Farm’s Mary Dahlin, as she addressed participants in the 11th annual State Farm Summer Business Camp and their parents at the opening reception Thursday, July 5 at State Farm.

Dahlin went on to say that the experiences they have, the knowledge they attain, and the people they meet will impact them for a lifetime.

State Farm Summer Business Camp gives middle school students the opportunity to acquire business, financial literacy and leadership skills through hands-on activities.

Participants learn about the different parts of business from people in the community who practice every day what they are teaching the students. The goal of this entrepreneurial academy for the kids to work in teams of four to five on a start-up business plan which they will present for a competition on the final day.

Running July 9-20 these students who completed sixth, seventh or eighth grade this last May will learn about writing business plans, management, human resources, marketing, sales, finance, business ethics, etiquette, public speaking and have a mini-golf lesson. After all, golf is the sport of business.

At the end of the camp eight teams will present business plans in the form of a PowerPoint presentation to local business leaders.

Each member of the winning team will win a laptop computer.

“This is an opportunity few receive,” General Mills plant manager Pat Murphy noted as he addressed the students. “You will have the chance to see and do things few kids your age get to experience. It will make a difference at school and into your future.”

State Farm Summer Business Camp is coordinated by the Business Education Partnership Foundation of Rutherford County.

The camp is offered at no charges thanks to long time financial and volunteer relationship with State Farm. And this year General Mills provided additional funding to defray increasing costs of the camp.

“Summer Business Camp would not be possible without State Farm’s long-time belief in and support of this program,” camp director and BEP executive director Lee Rennick. “And this year we are thankful for the additional support of General Mills said. Because of these two companies we are able to offer the program with no fees so it is open to students from all over Rutherford County.”

Many other businesses and institutions have made this camp possible by providing volunteers to teach these students about business. Participating businesses and institutions include: Nissan North America, State Farm, General Mills, Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, MidSouth Bank, Murfreesboro City Schools, Rutherford County Schools, Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Barker&Christol LLC, Business Survival Partners, Maximum Change, The Avenue – Murfreesboro, World Market, World Outreach, Old Fort Golf Course, Siegel High School, Alter’s States, The Pottery Place, Petco, Belk, Sparkle Innovation, Our Home Office and SunTrust Bank.

For more information about Summer Business Camp go to

The Business Education Partnership Foundation of Rutherford County’s mission is to foster interest in and to promote and support programs in the public schools of the city of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County that will prepare students for the business world.

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