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Local youth learn valuable business skills

A group of nine young entrepreneurs took over Rainy Lake Square on Friday to test-drive each of their newly created businesses.

Kids ages nine-13 learned how to turn a profit through Head Start in Business's Youth Enterprise Day Camp, that ran from July 22-26.

“It's gone really well, we've had lots of fun,” Head Start in Business co-ordinator Cierra Parkhill lauded.

Driving tractor

Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) summer student Nicholas Donaldson towed attendees around the station with a tractor on Thursday during the EARS open house. Donaldson has worked at EARS for six straight years and is in his final year of school, making this summer at the station his last.

Youth Enterprise Camp

Alexis Latter of “Lexi's Little Pet Pals” talked about her various handmade dog toys and cat treats to passerby Vicki Ogilvie who stopped by the Youth Enterprise Camp's week-end sale at Rainy Lake Square on Friday, while fellow campers David Morrison and Drew Windigo looked on.

EARS tour

Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS) crop technician Kim Jo Bliss spoke to a group of over 50 people about the crop trials being run at the research station during the EARS open house on Thursday evening. Various experts from the University of Guelph and Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance were on hand to learn about the research station and answer attendees questions.

Young entrepreneur

Christina Byma, left, and Jaxon Byma stopped by the Rainy Lake Square on Friday to purchase some of Vai Lockman's handmade “squishes" while the other eight youth attending the "Head Start in Business Camp” were set up with their wares. The kids involved in the camp spent all week developing their business idea before putting it into action.