Entrepreneur is a big word that is hard to spell, but it is full of energy and excitement. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “one who organizes and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise”.

On Wednesday, the Rizzuto Banquet Room at the OJC Student Center will be filled with young, aspiring entrepreneurs. The Youth Entrepreneurship Fair (E-Fair) – similar to a science fair - will be held, and youth in 5th–12th grades from schools across the six-county Southeast Colorado area have been invited to participate and showcase their business ideas.

Following the judges’ initial review of the projects, some students will then be invited to “pitch” their business idea to an Investor Panel, which will then decide which of the business endeavors are worthy of a cash prize. It will be a “Shark Tank” experience for these young business-minded students.

Following lunch, the announcement of the winners of the E-Fair will be made, and several young folks will go home with a monetary reward for their business idea and the time spent to develop it.

The E-Fair is an activity of the Youth Engagement Project, funded by the Daniels Fund and sponsored by Ogallala Commons.

The public is invited to visit the E-Fair during the “Showcase of Projects,” from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

It will be great way to experience the excitement of a bustling business atmosphere, and support our youth and their creative business ideas they think will work in their small rural communities or anywhere in Southeast Colorado.