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How to start a business geared to teens

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Submitted by District 211

High school students from Palatine Schaumburg District 211, Northwest Suburban District 214 and Barrington Area Unit District 220 will have the opportunity to learn about running and starting a business from experienced and successful entrepreneurs at an event Friday, Nov. 15.

Entrepreneurship Day is sponsored by Northern Illinois University's School of Business and the Coleman Foundation at the NIU campus in Hoffman Estates. Students will listen to success stories and advice from individuals who have gone through the process of building a business. Several other organizations also contribute to the event each year.

"Entrepreneurship Day is a great opportunity for our students to learn about what it takes to start a business from scratch," said Patricia Ertl, District 211 chair for Business Education. "Local entrepreneurs share their stories of success, failure, and perseverance when trying to be your own boss."

The idea to start an entrepreneurship day originated in District 214. Roughly 240 students attend the event.

"This yearly event is made possible through the generous support of The Coleman Foundation, Northern Illinois University College of Business, and Harper College," Ertl said.

This year, students will hear from the keynote speaker Dennis Barsema from the NIU College of Business, as well as Jim and Ric Clifton from The Locker Shop, Larry Cotter from High School Cube, Dave Esau from Dave's Specialty Foods, Greg Koeppen from Medleys In Motion, Linda Lanci from Order In The House Staging, Reid Lappin from VOKAL Interactive, and Patrick Tannous from Tiesta Tea.

More information about Entrepreneurship Day is at

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