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ISU College of Business to host 'Camp Own It!'

May 19, 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State University will once again host its exciting, hands-on camp for future business owners June 19-23 in the ISU College of Business. The camp, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is open to youth between the ages of 10 and 14.

"Camp Own It!," a fast-paced, week-long program for future entrepreneurs, will teach marketing, accounting, team building and leadership skills. Teams will create their own businesses and track their spending and income. They also will work together to make important business decisions, such as how to market their product, how to make their product more appealing, and what supplies they will need based on the budget they have available.

And, profit isn't all there is to running a business. Teams also will have the opportunity to select a favorite charity as part of the experience. Then, at week's end, they will be able to present a check from their company's overall profits to this charity during the final presentation, with family, friends and camp sponsors in attendance. Several area business professionals will interact with the teams and act as consultants for any marketing, accounting, or entrepreneurship questions that may arise.

As part of their experience, camp participants will take a trip to the ISU Field Campus near Brazil for a day of team-building exercises. The teams course and climbing tower are designed to present challenges while, at the same time, enhancing interpersonal relationships, communication, cooperation, trust and self-awareness. As a result, campers will begin to think of creative ways to solve problems while having fun with their new friends.

Cost to attend "Camp Own It!" is $125 per person, and scholarships are available. Deadline for registrations is June 2. To register or for more information, contact Heather Lark in the dean's office at ISU's College of Business, (812) 237-2000 or at

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CONTACT: Heather Lark, dean's office, ISU's College of Business, (812) 237-2000 or

WRITER: Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or