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The College of Business and Ohio Business Week prepare high school students for entrepreneurship

Wednesday, November 16 2016 12:00am

Ohio University’s College of Business will host Ohio Business Week on Athens Campus

The Ohio Business Week Foundation is partnering with Ohio University’s College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship to provide high school students with an opportunity to prepare for college and practice entrepreneurship like Business Bobcats.   

Ohio Business Week (OBW) will be held on the Athens Campus from July 16-22. OBW is a week-long residential business camp where high school students experience dorm living, meet like-minded students from across the state and form teams comprised of 10 to 12 students to transform a new, innovative product idea into a start-up business venture.

“The College of Business provides students with transformational learning experiences,” said Dr. Chris Moberg, associate dean of OHIO’s College of Business. “Welcoming Ohio Business Week to campus this summer will give high school students the same applied learning experiences that our college students take part in every day.”

Students will be immersed in entrepreneurial and business learning throughout the week. They will preview what it is like to work on a real-life, project-based team – from working with different personalities and work styles to learning leadership and entrepreneurship skills directly from business professionals.

“Ohio Business Week is the perfect opportunity for high school students who are thinking about majoring in business to explore their career options,” said John Davis, executive director for Ohio Business Week Foundation. “We’re excited to partner with Ohio University’s College of Business and know their faculty will bring exceptional industry and academic insight to this year’s summer camp.”

While on campus, students will also participate in the Emerging Entrepreneur Project (EEP). During the EEP, each student team will research and write business, financial and marketing plans; design a web page; construct a trade show display; and create an advertising campaign to promote their product. The EEP competition culminates as each team gives a presentation to a panel of business professionals who pose as venture capitalists.

“The College of Business is looking forward to hosting Ohio Business Week this summer and providing support for their faculty team,” said Moberg. “Together, we’re providing high school students with an exclusive learning opportunity and giving them a glimpse of what it is like to be a Business Bobcat.”

To learn more about the Ohio University College of Business’s unique approach to education, visit www.business.ohio.edu.

About the Ohio Business Week Foundation

Founded in 1988, the Ohio Business Week Foundation is a statewide non-profit 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides high school students a unique, hands-on experience with business and entrepreneurship. The intensive week-long summer program brings motivated students together with business professionals from all over Ohio to experience entrepreneurship through the lens of our American free enterprise system. 

To learn more about Ohio Business Week, visit www.ohiobusinessweek.org.

Media Contact

Mackenzie O’Dwyer, marketing communications specialist, Ohio University’s College of Business at odwyer@ohio.edu or 740-593-2032.