Eligibility: Must have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade by the first day of camp. Sorry, no exceptions will be made.

  • Learn to make money
  • Start a business this summer
  • Make new friends
  • Understand how business works
  • Invest money wisely

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Now, there is an opportunity to foster the entrepreneurial desires of middle school students: the Youth Entrepreneurship Camp presented by the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center.

Call 262-3909 to register or 263-7680 for more information.

The UW-Madison SBDC Youth Entrepreneurship Camp will utilize a 40-hour entrepreneur program curriculum. The curriculum incorporates a variety of educational training techniques including classroom instruction, interactive activities, computer lab, and field trips to local businesses. The Youth Entrepreneurship Camp will be held during the day, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and will be a hands-on learning experience designed to guide program participants in becoming the owner of a real small business.

Participants will learn real world business skills: team building, leadership development, financial management, verbal communication, and business etiquette through interactive lessons and exercises. Participants also learn how to successfully negotiate for business materials, set goals, and recognize real business opportunities.

Scholarships: This camp is available for scholarship through the DPI Minority Scholarship program and the SBDC for low income families. Call 608-263-9675 to request a scholarship application.



Julie Wood

Julie Wood is the Program Manager and Youth Camp Director at the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center. Before coming to the SBDC, Julie was director of operations at Oriel Incorporated and a financial software consultant at SVA Consulting. She also started and ran Checks + Balances, Inc., an accounting consulting business. Julie recently completed a M.S. in Educational Communications and Technology from UW-Madison.

Michelle Somes-Booher

Michelle Somes-Booher is a Business Coach with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she has served as an associated lecturer in business at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. Prior to relocating to WI, Michelle was an adjunct faculty member at Central Michigan University where she taught management and entrepreneurship. She also founded Let’s Do the Dishes, Paint Your Own Pottery Studio and operated it for five years before selling the store. Michelle holds an MBA from Central Michigan University.



  • Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison
  • Schedule: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Dates: June 11-15, 2018
  • Fees: $ 349 (includes lunch and all materials/supplies

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    This camp is for students that have completed  6, 7 & 8th grade by the first day of camp. Sorry there will be no exceptions. 

For questions on the camp please contact Julie Wood at 608-263-9675 or Julie.Wood@wisc.edu

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

If there is inclement weather, please call 608-263-2221 for a recorded message after 6:30 am for day classes or after 3:30 pm for night classes.