Future entrepreneurs tour Olde Town Arvada businesses

State program teaches students ins and outs of business

Posted 7/20/15
A mind for business is what some Jeffco students left with following a four-hour business tour in Olde Town Arvada. Stephani Grady, 20, wants to start a shop to sell anime and other animation items. "I'm learning to not get nervous when you're …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Username
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you made a voluntary contribution of $25 or more in Nov. 2018-2019, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access Includes access to all websites


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.

Future entrepreneurs tour Olde Town Arvada businesses

State program teaches students ins and outs of business

Posted
A mind for business is what some Jeffco students left with following a four-hour business tour in Olde Town Arvada. Stephani Grady, 20, wants to start a shop to sell anime and other animation items. "I'm learning to not get nervous when you're pitching ideas," she said. Grady and nine other students, ranging in age from 14 to 21, strolled through Olde Town July 15, visiting six small businesses, as part of the Governor's Summer Job Hunt, a statewide program helping youth find work that will become a year-round option for Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin County students. The program's goal, said Devon Reifsneider, a youth outreach ambassador with Jefferson County, is that students will build skills, learn to communicate and leave their program career-ready through job fairs, hiring events, workshops and business tours. “So much of our economy is based on small business and they don't really get the opportunity to learn about it in high school or college,” Reifsneider said. “It's a really cool thing for kids to learn about.” The Olde Town Arvada tour showed students what it would be like to own and operate a small business. “Even if it's something small scale, like a pet business, lawn care service … those are other opportunities for kids to besides working at McDonald's," Reifsneider said. Students visited Rheinlander's Bakery, La Dolce Vita Coffee Shop, Fuzzy's Tacos, Global Goods and Coffee Shop, Paws N Play and the Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center. They learned about the varying aspects of small business, including how owners started their businesses, how to staff a company and unexpected challenges and rewards. “It makes people familiar with retail bakers and what they do,” said Maro Dimmer, owner of Rheinlander's Bakery, when asked why tours like these are important. “It's a dying art right now and it's important for people to know this is possible.” Students Slater Thompson and Erika Nicolette were curious about how owners chose names for their businesses, why they wanted to start their businesses and learned that entrepreneurship is a labor of love. “I've learned about owning and running a self-run business,” said Thompson, 19, who would like to either invent electronics or own a computer store. “It takes a lot of time and patience.” For Nicolette, 17, the tour left her with tasty ideas, such as starting her own eclectic ice cream shop. “I'm here to learn something in case one day I want to start a business — I would do an ice cream shop,” she said. “And I've learned there are pros and cons to any kinds of business you own.”

Comments

Our Papers

Ad blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.