Fresno State program teaches business skills to middle school students


FRESNO
July 6, 2016 9:04am


•  15 middle school students get special instruction

•  “An investment not only in the students participating, but also in the local economy”


Middle school students in the Fresno area will be getting tips on the ins and outs of entrepreneurship through a pilot project called the Lyles Young Entrepreneur Incubator, part of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State in partnership with the West Fresno Family Resource Center.

Through the project, 15 middle school students, largely from Gaston Middle School in Fresno, will plant and care for a crop of sweet potatoes over the summer.

By attending the Lyles Young Entrepreneur Incubator, students will learn various business concepts, such as how to create a business plan, how to market their product, and how the sales process works. Students will then go on to harvest the sweet potatoes and create a marketable product.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the West Fresno Family Resource Center,” says Scott Moore, interim executive director of the Lyles Center. “The Lyles Young Entrepreneur Incubator is an investment not only in the students participating, but also in the local economy.”

The Lyles Young Entrepreneur Incubator is underway at the Smittcamp Alumni House at Fresno State. Students will participate in bi-weekly sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. until Aug. 2.

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