WEB ONLY: Local Rotary Clubs aided students in gaining some business experience

Secondary school students from the Gold­en Triangle area competed for the opportunity to spend three days of intense mentorship in the field of business and entrepreneurship at the Uni­versity of Waterloo.

For the past 13 years, Camp Enterprise, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs in Guelph, Kitch­ener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Fergus, and Elora, has provided students insights on how to run a successful business

Local Rotarian Brent Barr led the students through the development of a business plan, which they in turn put to use in designing plans for their own new businesses.

The first speaker, Tim Ellis, director of operations at the Ac­celerator Centre, in Waterloo, set the tone for the camp as he outlined the centre’s success in assisting young entrepreneurs in the region to build their businesses.

Other topics handled by many Rotarians speaking from their own experience included: communications, team build­ing, effective selling, business ethics, marketing, networking, negotiations and importance of community involvement.

"I think Camp Enterprise was a great event for anyone hoping to grow their know­ledge of business and entrepre­n­eurship. The negotiations activity forced me to view management-labour relations from a different perspective." said Alexandra Miller, St. John’s Kilmarnock student, who was selected to attend.

Locally, the Rotary Clubs of Guelph, Guelph-Wellington, Trillium and Guelph South sponsored a total of 20 students from CCVI, GCVI, JFRoss, St. James, Lourdes, Bishop Mac and St. John’s Kilmarnock.

Rotary is a community based organization committed to assisting youth develop voca­tional awareness.