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4-H Entrepreneurship Project

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The 4-H careers project will help you explore what it takes to get your first “paying” job, while working towards your ultimate dream job or career. The 4-H entrepreneurship project will help you explore what it takes to start and own a business. 4-H connects youth to important careers and strengthens their entrepreneurship skills. Entrepreneurship programs aim to increase the number of youth returning to rural communities in business and professions and to increase the number of youth who are entrepreneurs.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development

Beginners

Beginners start by learning the definition of an entrepreneur. Learn the different types of businesses and research jobs that fit your interests. Begin developing skills in decision-making, effective communication, and time management.

Juniors

Understand credit, technology use for research, basic economic terms, and the value of teamwork. Learn about selecting the right employees for a business and identifying a target customer. Develop skills to sell a product.

Seniors

Learn how to market your business idea, record financial information, analyze customer satisfaction, and collect and pay sales tax. Practice business ethics and social responsibility. Set personal and academic goals.

4-H Programming Priorities

Leadership

Lead a group of friends in preparing a business idea and business plan. Invite business owners to a 4-H club meeting to discuss their business and answer questions.

Health & Wellness

A stable career is essential to mental wellness. Give a presentation about career planning to your 4-H club and teach others to build a resume.

Science

Identify two jobs that interest you in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and interview adults in those positions.

Agriculture

Work with an agriculture business in your community and identify a product they carry. See if there is a larger market for that item.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Define your vision for starting a business of your own
  • Discuss ways to identify your talents and interests
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Community Service

  • Volunteer to lead a fundraiser in your 4-H club and suggest products or services to sell
  • Help plan a career fair at your school
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Career Connections

  • Small business owner
  • Business consultant
  • Salesperson
  • Research and development
  • Business reporter
  • Recruiter
  • Retailing manager

Exhibit Ideas

  • Write a story or create a video about someone’s typical day at their job
  • Poster on a career that you’re interested in
  • Create a business plan/marketing strategy for an idea
  • Create a display showing the path to finding a career