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Budding entrepreneurs get a heads-up - Utah summit gives real-world tips, information to 400 high-schoolers

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December 2, 2005View for printing

"One of the things I've noticed in helping teachers teach entrepreneurship is that a lot of teachers try to teach this stuff from a textbook," Acord said. "But it's hard to understand how it works without talking with someone who's been there — the entrepreneur."

Sixteen-year-old Loree Esparza looks every bit the American teenager — boots, jeans and jacket, hair tucked fashionably back behind her ear — as she nibbles at a pickle from the box lunch resting on her lap.

Then she speaks, and it's clear that there's more to Loree Esparza than could be learned from a glance.

"I wanted a kind of career, and this was a chance to get a heads-up on what's going on," she said, awaiting the keynote speaker at the 2005 Young Entrepreneurs' Summit, held Thursday at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College.

The event, which featured local entrepreneurs, bankers, marketing specialists, attorneys and venture capitalists, attracted about 400 high school students from St. George north to Bear River. The goal, according to Young Entrepreneurs of America executive director Brian Acord, is to tap local talent to provide real-world information that budding entrepreneurs can use to start, fund and grow their businesses.

By Jenifer K. Nii Deseret Morning News

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Does the State of Montana and your community have a similar program?

Developing an understanding of entrepreneurship in our youngest students and continuing the program should be a focus of the State and your school system.

They are the future.

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