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Starting My Own Business

Entrepreneurial Training Program for Organizations Serving Girls, ages 10 to 13.


Girls, ages 10 to 13, have fun creating and selling products and services in this 15-hour entrepreneurial program. Creating decorative candle holders (the products) and providing manicures (the service), the girls produce the products, calculate the cost, determine selling price, develop marketing materials, practice their "sales" pitch, and work in teams to sell their products and services. And they love sharing the profits!   

Program Format:  

Curriculum supports 15 hours of programming, which can be delivered as five half-day sessions (3 hours/session), a 2.5 day program, or as individual 1.5 hour modules.

Target Audience:  

Middle School girls, ages 10 to 13.


This program builds self-esteem by providing an opportunity for youth to consider that anything is possible for their future, even owning their own business! Participants have fun creating real products to sell and a service to deliver. They actually sell their products and services during the program and share any profits that result!


Learning Outcomes: 
  • Create a business reselling pre-made products, manufacturing custom-designed products, and delivering a service to customers (to illustrate the various types of business options available).

  • Calculate the cost of raw materials, determine the amount of the loan (including interest) to be repaid to the “investor”, establish product pricing to ensure a profit, and develop a sales strategy and presentation.

  • Work in teams to sell products and services, calculate sales results for all participants, repay the investor, and share the profits among program participants.  

Give your staff the tools they need to effectively support youth in exploring entrepreneurial options!

The program includes:

  • A Trainer/Facilitator Kit:

    • Step-by-step instructions for your staff to facilitate each workshop session.

  • A Train-the-Trainer webinar-based coaching session to support your staff in using the curriculum successfully with your clients.

  • Participant Workbooks (purchased for your clients on an "as needed" basis).

Purchase the Program and Become a Certified Organization:

The "Starting My Own Business" program offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to provide a high quality, effective program to their clients, while increasing staff productivity, and reducing the cost of service delivery.


By purchasing a Trainer/Facilitator Kit and having your staff attend the Train-the-Trainer Coaching Session, your organization will be designated a "Certified Non-Profit Organization" and will have the right to purchase Participant Workbooks on an ongoing, "as needed" basis, and will not be charged for sales tax. "Certified Non-Profit Organizations" are required to submit a copy of their current tax-exempt certificate. 


Trainer/Facilitator Kit:

Each organization is welcome to purchase one (1) Trainer/Facilitator Kit for their organization, which can be shared among the staff.  The Trainer/Facilitator Kit includes:

  • A spiral bound Trainer/Facilitator Guide with instructions on how to deliver each step of the program.  This Guide is copyright protected and is not to be reproduced.  

  • A program evaluation form, which may be reproduced by the purchasing organization so that participants can provide feedback on each segment of the program.

  • NOTE:  Since this program is entirely "hands-on" with young children, PowerPoint slides are not included with this program.

Train the Trainer Coaching Session for your staff:

In addition to the comprehensive Trainer/Facilitator Kit, the package also includes a six-hour, online, webinar-based, Train the Trainer coaching session for your staff with Susan McGraw, the founder of Career Success for Women & Youth, and the author of the "Starting My Own Business" program.  This webinar program will provide your staff with a variety of training tips and techniques, along with all of the support they will need to feel 100% confident in delivering this program to your clients.  Using an online, webinar system, your staff does not even need to leave your office or their home to actively engage in this training.   Staff can work from their own computer or you can set up a computer attached to a projector and screen in a conference room at your office and the team can attend as a group.  The program can be delivered in one 2-hour segment.  


All of the components of the "Starting My Own Business" Trainer/Facilitator Kit and Train the Trainer Coaching Session for your staff. are available to non-profit organizations for a one-time fee of $499, plus shipping and handling.  


Participant Workbooks:

A "Certified Non-Profit Organization" is eligible to order copies of the Participant Workbooks on an "as needed" basis.  Participant Workbooks are priced at $10.00 for each Participant Workbook, plus shipping and handling.




Give your staff the tools they need to effectively support youth in exploring entrepreneurial options!

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