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What Happens to Kids Who are Exposed to Entrepreneurship?

by Samira Asemanfar

February 13, 2012 | 11:05 pm

What happens to kids who are exposed to entrepreneurship?
Well, the hope is that there will be a permanent curiosity and a shift in perspective. The hope is that as kids they can start to look at the businesses they interact with daily and be curious as to how they operate, how they market themselves, what their profit margins are, etc.

For the past four weeks I had the honor of doing a workshop with a group of 12 kids, ages 10 to 16. They broke out into groups of three and came up with business ideas and put together business plans.

The kids and the business ideas:
Kyle Baric, Nicholas Baric and Max Jenkins: “A Step Out of Time,” a steampunk and LARP (live action role play) retail store that sells latex weaponry for LARP as well as steampunk costumes and accessories, amongst a variety of other goods catered to this niche market.
Avremy Rav-Noy, Simcha Freidman and Eytan Rosenman: “Prometheus,” a high end electronic store that caters to tech savvy shoppers and offers excellent customer service.
Shiffy Rav-Noy, Aliza Zavdi and Tehilla Zamanzadeh: “Back in the Day Cafe,” a 50’s themed cafe where a younger demographic, such as teenagers, could experience an authentic 50’s style restaurant experience.
Chana Rav-Noy, Sarah Wintner and Talya Tessler: “Cake It,” a bakery that offers baked goods and cakes for affordable prices to the local community.

The groups learned a different aspect of putting together their business plan during each week of the four week workshop. The end result, a session of awesome presentations that blew me away. This was my first time teaching kids and I was so impressed with the questions they came up with throughout the experience. I saw their minds expand and it was a fulfilling month. I congratulate them on their work and ideas. I encouraged a few of the groups to pursue their ideas and start researching now to gain the exposure and experience.

This was a fun workshop! I encourage you to think of workshops you can put together for your community to teach and grow. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me: samira@bellacures.com

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As a parent of one of the kids in Samira’s class I just wanted to say what an amazing experience the kids had.  The level of excitement and dedication to the project was infectious.  Thank you Samira.

Comment by Jonathan on 2/14/12 at 10:03 am


Wonderful and enlightening experence for the whole class.  I am very proud of you, Talya, and all your fellow classmates.  Love Bubbe

Comment by Stephanie Gordon on 2/14/12 at 3:46 pm


Thancks Samira!

Comment by Shiffy ravnoy on 2/15/12 at 7:32 pm


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After graduating from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 2004, Samira Asemanfar of Los Angeles California joined KPMG, LLP as an internal auditor and SOX compliance...

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