March 09, 2006

Camp CEO offers business training to students

by Tara Livesay

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Bill Gates of Microsoft, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Meg Whitman of eBay or even Oprah Winfrey?

Camp CEO puts high school students in the driver's seat of owning their own company. The event, sponsored by the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Division of Continuing Education, allows participants to be their own boss as they create business plans, make new friends, and participate in recreational opportunities at SIUC.

Participants will leave camp with a business plan, a briefcase, business cards, marketing plans and much more. During the final day of camp, they will have an opportunity to present a business idea to a panel of judges during the Business Plan Challenge, where participants can walk away with real "venture capital" to start their own company.

Camp CEO is all about fun and learning at the same time. The camp includes leadership training, SIUC Recreation Center access, games and competitions, outdoor activities, business site visits, networking receptions, special speakers and a professional etiquette dinner. Participants will develop skills in negotiation, sales, customer service, leadership, problem solving, networking, time management, record keeping and public speaking.

Using a unique and in-depth approach, this challenging camp will instill an outlook and mindset regarding business ownership that will help participants discover financial opportunities now and throughout their life.

Two sessions are scheduled for the camp and both will be held at SIUC's Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center. High School Camp CEO I is set for June 18-23 and High School Camp CEO II is set for July 9-14. The cost to participate in this camp is $395.

For more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at

Offering education and training activities for a variety of pre-adult age groups is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.