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Girls gaining business ideas through GIVE

Flora Murphy (left, back), Myree Landry, Krista Beaton, co-ordinator Kelsey Bowman, Hayley Fougere (left, front), Ellen Brophy and Ruby Brophy at the GIVE program table set-up for the Antigonish Highland Games Street Fair, July 4. Missing from photo is Wallace Family intern Emma Logan who assisted Bowman during the event. Richard MacKenzie
Flora Murphy (left, back), Myree Landry, Krista Beaton, co-ordinator Kelsey Bowman, Hayley Fougere (left, front), Ellen Brophy and Ruby Brophy at the GIVE program table set-up for the Antigonish Highland Games Street Fair, July 4. Missing from photo is Wallace Family intern Emma Logan who assisted Bowman during the event. Richard MacKenzie - Richard MacKenzie

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - On July 3, the St. F.X. Extension Innovation and Enterprise Centre’s first Girls in Venture and Entrepreneurship (GIVE) camp began.

GIVE was a two-day camp focused on teaching young girls about entrepreneurship and providing them an opportunity to receive hands-on experience as entrepreneurs themselves.

The first day of the camp involved learning about entrepreneurs and included a trip to the local Peace by Chocolate store. Everyone was welcomed into the store to taste some samples, hear the incredible Peace by Chocolate story and take pictures.

The remainder of the first day was spent assembling and packaging products, including candy kabobs, S’mores’ kits and surprise bags.

The girls learned not all money made in sales is money you get to keep; costs must be covered, a float must be removed, etcetera. This was an eye opener for many of them.

The second day of the camp consisted of the girls setting up as vendors at Stroll the Main, Antigonish’s annual Street Fair in association with the Highland Games.

The girls displayed the products they prepared and packaged the previous day and customers were very pleased. Within the first few hours, they sold out of candy kabobs and surprise bags, which was very exciting for them as it was evidence their hard work was paying off.

Marie and Meaghan Wright from Mirror Image Media stopped by the table to take footage of the girls selling their products and talking about entrepreneurship. This footage will be used for a short promotional video for GIVE.

At the end of the day, the girls counted the money with help from co-ordinator Kelsey Bowman, and determined their profit, which will be donated to a local cause.

GIVE is currently a pilot project but organizers are hopeful, based on this year’s success, they will be able to offer the

program again, to more girls.

For additional information and an applications for future interest, visit innovatenortheast.ca.

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