Enterprising Entrepreneurs

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Miller’s youngest entrepreneur is a young 7th grade girl who used the idea of a holiday photo booth to attract over 30 customers at our Cozy Cabin Christmas project. She rented a cabin, secured holiday props, borrowed a camera and a tripod and went to work. Despite her cold first night, she felt that it was a success - - but her second night was a grand slam! Now there is talk about next year and a new and improved Festive Photo Booth!

The idea behind Cozy Cabin Christmas was to give potential entrepreneurs a chance to take their clever ideas and try on a business for a few weeks. Shoppers enjoyed homemade baked goods, Asian food, Miller promotional t-shirts/vintage license plates, a free wine and chocolate-tasting party complete with a warm bon-fire, and of course having fun at the photo booth.

As 2017 opens, it is the hope of On Hand Economic Development that the entrepreneurial ball keeps rolling. One of the upcoming events is the “Small Business is Everyone’s Business” webinar (via DDN at Miller High School and DeSmet High School) on February 10th from 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This webinar will introduce attendees to another young entrepreneur, Brent Comstock who grew up in rural Nebraska. He too, had an early start with entrepreneurship at the age of 12. He has gone on to establish “BCom Solutions” - - serving international clients and hundreds of customers. He currently attends University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We look forward to learning from this young successful entrepreneur. If you are interested in attending, register at www.igrow.org/community-development -Click on “events”. (Cost is $20/person and after Feb. 1st is $30. Students are free but need to register.) Other hosting towns are Britton, Centerville, Faith, Faulkton, Highmore, Mitchell, Philip, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Wall, Winner, and Yankton.

Another event heading to the Miller area in early spring is “What’s the Big Idea”, an entrepreneurial contest for students in grade 7-12 who have great entrepreneurial ideas. Surrounding schools will be included in the contest and it is hoped that we will have several entries. The winning project will receive $500 from On Hand Development.

I’ll leave you with a few words from Steve Tobak contributor and author of “Real Leaders Don’t Follow”:

“As I always say, the world is full of infinite possibilities and countless opportunities, but your life and career are finite, meaning you have limited time to find what you’re searching for and make your mark on the world. This is your time. It’s limited so don’t waste it. Find something you like to do and just do it. That’s how real entrepreneurs always start.”

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