I was intrigued to read in the spring edition 2016 of the Aspen Spring newsletter about Earnest Manning High School located up here in Springborough.
The advertisement mentions that the school, “supports the development of engaged thinkers with an entrepreneurial spirit”, and with a look at their website and the many courses and programs offered, Earnest Manning appears to deliver on their statement that, “Students develop highly personalized pathways reflective of their aspirations and learning styles.”
A cornerstone of the Life Up Here blog is entrepreneurialism. We are proud to offer ‘Sol Factory’ (Students of Life Factory) a page reserved specifically for young entrepreneurs on the path of exploring self-employment who'd like a bit of complimentary community exposure for their business idea.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs ourselves, our family history has been inspiration for the interest we both have in this increasingly popular option for employment.
Both parents, both sets of grandparents, a sister, and from what we know one set of great-grandparents were self-employed in everything from a corner variety store, a hardware store, and home based child care, to B&B owner, proofreader and independent publisher.
Considering that a recent CBC article mentions Self-Employment as one of the Top 10 Jobs of the Future, entrepreneurialism is an area of study worth exploring these days.
It was interesting also to read in a Metro News Jan.16 article about a company called Startup Calgary working with Grade 8 students to explore the “ins and outs of successful entrepreneurs.”
The article shares a statement from Jim Gibson, a board member of Startup, in which he shares that “Grade 8 is an excellent age to get students thinking about starting their own businesses – and is an important step to diversifying Calgary’s economy, so one day it may not be known primarily as an oil and gas city.
“Every one of us has great ideas and opportunities, and the future economy is going to be built far more on people who have ideas,” he said. “At a macro-economic level, diversity begins with an educated, smart work force.”
If you’re a student or you know tot, tween, teen or twenty-something with a sprouting business idea, get in touch!
We're proud to be part of a growing movement toward defining and reaching one's entrepreneurial dreams, and happy to provide complimentary business advertising to those making strides in the be-your-own-boss department!