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I was contacted by Leslie, Founder and CEO of Venture Kits. Leslie is a new mom who developed Venture Kits to teach children entrepreneurial skills in a fun and engaging way. She offered a Venture Kit for me, and one for one of my lucky readers (details below).
Leslie defines her mission as wanting “every little kid, to picture herself as a future entrepreneur. I want her to think that “CEO”, “founder” and “entrepreneur” are as fun a job as ballerina, reality TV star and tooth fairy. I want her to know that it is a viable career path. And, if she chooses this path, I want her to have the skills and experience to make it.”
I anxiously awaited my Venture Kit. This first kit is entitled Treats-To-Go: Starting a Real Baking Business. I love this first kit. It combines teaching kids real life business skills and kitchen skills. This is a win-win combination. In addition, Venture Kits incorporates math, communication skills, food preparation and problem solving skills. Venture Kits are developed by Harvard MBAs and tested by children.
I have 3 adult children plus Jack-Jack (12) and Marcus (13). Two of my adult children had a little baking business for a few years when they were younger. They baked cookies at Christmas for friends and relatives. The first year I supplied most of their ingredients, but subsequent years they purchased their own supplies. And while their “bakery business” gave them real life skills, I never really had a teaching plan laid out. And with so many children in my household I didn’t have the time to really make a plan of my own.
Some of what the Venture Kit includes I covered with my other children, but never in a well-thought out manner. There was no “market research,” no how much do the ingredients cost before we set out price. We figured out how much to charge based on what area bakeries were charging. And although my husband and I have a business, I have to claim that I was so sleep deprived that the logical steps went out the window. And if you are a mom like me having everything spelled out for you is a wonderful thing. Just open the box and teach a skill! I really like how Venture Kits takes you through the entire process before “setting up shop.”
You probably want to know what the Venture Kit includes:
The Venture Plan which is the heart of the kit – this takes you step-by-step through setting up the business, and how to successful operate the bakery.
- Recipes: 3 recipes with how to calculate cost of goods, plus blank recipe cards.
- Packaging which includes cellophane bags and stickers.
- Order forms
- “Menu” cards to give to customers – what are their available options.
- Everything your child needs to set up a small baking business for themselves.
The age for Venture Kits is labeled 10-100. You can use this with younger children if you don’t expect them to do the math.
What if my child never goes into business for themselves? These type of business skills transfer to any walk of life. Understanding the cost of production and how to figure that out if a beneficial skill for engineers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, pharmacists, etc. The more business skills your child understands, the more likely they are to be valuable in their chosen job.
BOTTOM LINE: Marcus is thrilled with the prospect of making some money baking Christmas cookies. We have selected a few cookies: Pizzelles, Buckeyes, and Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods. We will begin with making order forms, taking orders and buying supplies. I am excited at the prospect of Marcus learning valuable lessons and having fun while doing so.
Venture Kits has graciously offered my readers a chance to win a Venture Kit of their own. To enter comment below (open to residents of the United States):
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