Build-A-Biz is a youth entrepreneurial education program to kids how to start and operate their own businesses.
I remember the first time I met Kate Krukowski Gooding, the founder and director of Build-A-Biz. I was presenting for the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and she came up and introduced herself. Half-way through explaining what she did, I interrupted her and said, “I want to be a part of that!”
In Maine, something like 95% of adults are employed by small businesses, so entrepreneurship is a critical skill for Mainers.
As Kate told me, kids learn at a young age, and it’s up to us to give them experience. It’s important for kids to have the tools and experience that a program like Build-A-Biz offers, whether they start their own companies or work for others.
- Setting goals
- Advertising & marketing
- Running your business.
The only difference is that the younger kids watch instructional videos, while the older group reads the material. There’s also an “elevator pitch” contest for the older kids.
On May 19th, kids across the state of Maine are going to be starting their businesses…a kickoff for running their businesses during the summer.
One of the things I especially like about Build-A-Biz compared to other youth entrepreneurship programs is that this one isn’t just one day…it’s the beginning of a lifetime of entrepreneurship learning.