Biz Makers 4-H kids go into business

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) Junior entrepreneurs sold their products at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library on Saturday. The Biz Makers have been using the library's innovation studio to create products in-line with their personal business projects.

The children's entrepreneurial program biz makers is a collaboration of 4-h and the university of Nebraska extension. The program is new, but Jana Schwartz talked with NBC about what the kids have been doing.

The program covers business making from start to finish. Kids decided what business they were interested in, planned their business models, figured the cost of their materials and labor, and set prices accordingly.

Schwartz said that one of the hardest things for entrepreneurs is deciding their business and making sure to include labor costs. "As entrepreneurs, we have to make sure that we get paid, too."

At the studio showcase this weekend, kids displayed jewelry and puzzles made out of wood, buttons were another popular item on sale. There were also pressed shirts and swag items available.

The studio may be moving on, but the kids will learn about filing, and the paperwork side of business. "We will continue to learn about aspects of entrepreneurship," said Schwartz.

Money raised from the sales will go towards materials to further the kids' businesses. They may also make trips to Kimball to continue creating products until there is a "permanent maker space" available.