Yesterday, I was honored to lead substantive discussions about how to bring the study of entrepreneurship into schools across West Virginia. The day started with presentations from a group of impressive young men from John Marshall High School who explained their business idea of powering gyms with the energy generated by the exercise equipment - Green Gyms! Then Wes Davis, a high school student from Mason County, amazed and entertained the group with his story about a very successful poultry operation he has. Very sophisticated businss thinking.
Then the discussions started. The questions for the day were, "what do entrepreneurs need to know?" and "What age group and what tools are most important?" Then plans were made and next steps considered. Several entrepreneurs stepped up to take on tasks this spring. The group will meet again in 3 months to assess progress and keep the momentum going. We shared lunch with the Lemonade Stand crew from Barracksville Elementary (2nd graders!). It was great seeing them in action.
I am grateful to all the folks who showed up to address this important initiaitve. It makes me feel even more optomistic about West Virginia's economic future.