Learn the trade – Newton Daily News


Young entrepreneurs learned on the job at Colfax Farmer’s Market on June 22. As part of the Colfax-Mingo Young Entrepreneurs summer course, students were on hand to put on makeup and find out what running a business really is.

“This is the first time in high school that this has been done,” said teacher Jen Synder. “I think back to when the building was closed, trying to meet some of the needs and make up for some of that time with enrichment opportunities for the kids. “

The entrepreneurial class idea started at the suggestion of former manager Todd Jones and grew from there. Once in class, the students came up with the idea of ​​a temporary makeup and tattoo business at Colfax Farmer’s Market.

“They are learning how to set the prices, they advertised on Facebook, just to see what companies have,” Synder said. “We also visited a few businesses in town to see what they are up to and what they are up against as business owners.”

The class decided on a price range of $ 1 to $ 5 depending on the art chosen for the face painting. They also learned to accept payment and give change as customers started to show up.

The class also teamed up with the school district, which was at the farmer’s market to distribute free books to children who stopped by.

“This is from the foundation for education, they wanted us to buy books, so we are giving them to the kids to try to get more families to come and help the community,” Superintendent Erik Anderson said.

Seeing an opportunity to potentially have other children in the market, the class thought it would be a good time to pitch their business idea.

“We also knew the school was handing out books, so we figured it would be a good time to partner up and there would probably be more children to come,” Synder said.

As summer school wraps up in the last week of June, the lessons taught will hopefully stay with the kids and maybe the entrepreneurial spirit will help them become the next store owner in the neighborhood. growing business.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com


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