STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Nine eager campers from across Mississippi traveled to Starkville for the week to create their own business ad products to sell to people in the area.
The group met on Sunday to start their own business inside the Idea Shop in downtown Starkville.
Campers created their own business and products to sell at the ICreate camp. June 18, 2021.
Products built by campers ranged from wooden keyholders and customized cowbells to large Mississippi State-themed paintings. Taken: June 19, 2021.
Mason Jones is one of those young aspiring entrepreneurs. At just 16 years, he's in charge of the "I Create" camp business.
He said he would not have attended the week-long camp if it wasn't for his mom's persuasion, but he's so glad he did.
Over the course of the week, campers planned, sketched, and built their own products to be sold to people in the community.
The theme for this year's creations centered around Father's Day gifts. The products ranged from koozies and key holders to large Mississippi State-themed paintings created by Taylor Herron.
Herron has been a painter since she was five years old, and she hopes to build a business for her artwork through the experiences she's learned at camp.
“I just want to make somebody happy and like have them be like ‘I got that and nobody else is going to have that in the world,'” explained Herron.
However, along with the fun that comes with creating your own products, the campers heard from local entrepreneurs about financing, marketing, and all other aspects that are important in running your own business.
It was this aspect that Jones believes is the most impactful part of his experience.
“Being here and just learning about the business side of things was really fun because I didn’t know all that," he said.
Campers will sell their products on Saturday to finish off the camp.
The campers keep all the money from the sales.