as the Entrepreneurs Golf Outing, the various attractions of Walt Disney World Resort, and the numerous hospitalities hosted by the conference sponsors.
Culminating the event is the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Awards Gala. Each year B.E. recognizes the Small Businesses of the Year, as well as the B.E. 100s Companies of the Year during this inspirational evening.
Attendees of the Conference have been very enthusiastic in their support. However, they have expressed an interest in products and services that will assist in the day-to-day management of their businesses. In response, Sherry Browne, the Program Coordinator of the Entrepreneurs Conference, says that entrepreneurs can look forward to a host of business tools targeted to their particular needs. In this way, the magazine will continue to encourage the growth of African American business ownership for generations to come. For more information about the Black Enterprise/NationsBank Entrepreneurs Conference, please contact B.E. at 1-800-543-6786.
The Kidpreneurs Program is Black Enterprise’s entree into creating educational products for the children of our audience. In keeping with its role as the foremost provider of information to the African American community, B.E. began this effort at the 1996 Black Enterprise/NationsBank Entrepreneurs Conference.
During its two-year run at the event, the Kidpreneurs Konference has established a benchmark of excellence in teaching children from ages 3 to 17 the rudiments of entrepreneurship. Following the motto, “Teaching Kids to Think Big While They’re Still Small,” the program instructs children in basic concepts such as cash flow, building a business plan, marketing and customer service.
The youngest children vote for corporate officers, “manufacture” products and then sell their products to the adult attendees of the Entrepreneurs Conference at a Kidpreneurs Mart. The mid-level age groups learn more about the specifics of forming a company, including businesses that they can start while they are still in school. They also experience business networking firsthand by participating in the Kidpreneurs Golf Outing, a miniature golf tournament held on the grounds at Walt Disney World. For the oldest kids, the Teenpreneurs, the event includes a hands-on component. For example, in 1997, Teenpreneurs received training in running a franchise at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant near the event sight. In addition, these young adults hear lectures from noted entrepreneurs such as Karl Kani, the Chief Executive Officer of the 1995 Black Entreprise Company of the Year. The Konference culminates in a graduation ceremony for all of the children.
The program for the Kidpreneurs Konference was created under the supervision of noted education expert, Dr. James P. Comer, The Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Comer has been instrumental in shaping elements of the program to ensure that the event will achieve long-lasting impact. In keeping with this objective, Kidpreneurs is the only program that includes an interactive session targeting parents with the specific goal of making the entrepreneurial spirit an integral part of life at home. The curriculum for the Kidpreneurs Konference was created in cooperation with the Education, Training & Enterprise Center (“EDTEC”), an African