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ECONOMICS ARKANSAS HOSTS 1st ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE FOR EDUCATORS

ECONOMICS ARKANSAS HOSTS 1st ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE FOR EDUCATORS

For more information, contact
Sue Owens, Executive Director
501-682-4349
Sue@economicsarkansas.org

For Release to Statewide Media
For Immediate Release—May 15, 2013

1ST ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE FOR EDUCATORS K-12 AIMS TO INCREASE RATES OF FUTURE ARKANSAS BUSINESS OWNERS AND INNOVATORS
Registrations now accepted for June 25 training

LITTLE ROCK—To motivate more middle and high school students to consider starting their own businesses as adults, Economics Arkansas, in partnership with several other organizations, is offering its first entrepreneurship education conference for K-12 teachers this summer. The one-day workshop, titled E3: Empowering Entrepreneurship Education, is scheduled for June 25 on the UA Global Campus in Rogers. Upon successful completion, participants will receive professional development credit, plus a cash stipend.

The sessions will include a real-world Shark Tank presentation, seminars by Arkansas entrepreneurs, grade-appropriate business projects and lesson plans on entrepreneurship, video- and activity-based learning as well as information about entrepreneurship competitions for students and social entrepreneurship. Teachers who complete the entire workshop will receive 6 hours of ADE certified professional development, teacher resources, standards-based instructions, networking opportunities and a $50 stipend.

“Economically, Arkansas presents a puzzling paradox,” said Economics Arkansas Executive Director Sue Owens. “It’s home to phenomenally successful entrepreneurs like Sam Walton, Don Tyson and J.B. Hunt, but it’s also a rural, impoverished state. With workshops like E3, we hope to change that by “feeding the seeds” of entrepreneurship to teachers, who in turn will teach their students. With the skills and knowledge of how to become entrepreneurs, more students will consider starting a business in the future.”

According to a study by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Arkansas would reap great economic benefits by encouraging more entrepreneurs, noted Rita Littrell, Ph.D., director of the Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. The Center is Economics Arkansas’ principal partner for hosting the E3 conference. “We need students to learn to identify market opportunities and then to know how to develop and grow companies that utilize Arkansas resources, including labor and natural resources. Entrepreneurship is a powerful force in the school curriculum. It embodies creative and critical thinking skills,” she added.

Registration to E3 is available online at www.economicsarkansas.org or by calling 501-682-4262. A $25 fee applies, which may be refunded to teachers from EA partner school systems or if cancellation is made up to two weeks prior to the conference.

Additional partners for the E3 conference include ENACTUS/John Brown University, the Northwest Arkansas Entrepreneurship Alliance and the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF).

Winner of the 2013 Arkansas Non-profit of the Year Award, Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to promote economic literacy and the economic-way of thinking to PreK-12 students in Arkansas by empowering educators to teach the fourth “r,” real life economics.
Real life economics teaches students:

  • to invest in their human capital so they may pursue opportunities representative of the American Dream,
  • to develop decision-making skills and an understanding of costs associated with each decision,
  • to acquire financial skills to better manage their resources now and in the future, and
  • to study their future roles as producers and consumers in a global economy.

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