The Bluegrass Green Entrepreneur Training Program (Bluegrass GET
Program) provides entrepreneurial training, work experience and assistance
in writing business plans for economically disadvantaged Participants,
ages 18-24. The program lasts eight weeks and participants will be paid
$7.25 per hour for 30 hours per week. We are recruiting economically
disadvantaged Participants that meet the qualifications and income
requirements outlined below.
Kentucky Student Ventures Corporation (KSVC)
KSVC, a non-profit organization, will manage this eight-week project.
KSVC offers opportunities for to learn about “green” initiatives, how to
start and run a low-cost, low-risk small business, and to develop a business
plan for a “green” business or a business that utilizes sustainable “green”
business practices. KSVC educates, trains and mentors high school and
college-age students in order to encourage entrepreneurial skills necessary
to create and operate successful student-run small businesses.
For information about the Bluegrass Green Entrepreneur
Training Program, contact: Bobby Clark, Kentucky Student Ventures
Corporation, (859) 233-0236 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.
Employers Needed! Our program needs Lexington employers to provide
work experiences to Participants for three 6-hours days per week for six
weeks of the project. The Participants will be paid $7.25 per hour (with
workers’ compensation insurance) by Bluegrass Area Development
District. We are asking employers to provide Participants with varying
experiences in order to help them understand the breadth of running a
business — and to introduce participants to human resources, accounting,
sales and marketing, production and more.
Entrepreneurs Needed! We are looking for local entrepreneurs to make
presentations as Guest Speakers and to mentor Participants.
Bluegrass Green Entrepreneur Training Program Overview
The eight-week program will combine classroom training with actual
During the first week, participants will remain in a classroom setting and
begin the Basic Entrepreneur Boot Camp (details below). The program
will include a six-hour Environmental Literacy Class conducted by
Bluegrass Pride; one additional day of Basic Computer Training will
include instruction on word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and
QuickBooks. participants will be loaned a refurbished Pentium computer
(which they get to take home to use during the rest of the eight week
program). If the participant successfully completes the program, they
get to keep the computer plus a color printer donated by Lexmark and
distributed by ConnectKentucky. During the second through seventh
weeks, Participants will have two days per week of training and three days
per week of work experience. During the eighth and final week, participants
will finalize their business plans and personal portfolios (documenting
their experiences) and complete their resumes.
What is “green”?
Examples of “green” include recycling, energy conservation, rain barrels,
green energy auditing, compost bins, making jewelry, selling items on
eBay, conservation, weatherization and more. Another example would be
a cleaning business that uses environmentally-friendly cleaning products
or a catering business that buys organic products locally.
Basic Entrepreneur Boot Camp (4 days) will introduce participants
to principles and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial
performance, and to the fundamental business concepts that affect business
decision-making. We will also introduce Participants to economic principles
and concepts that are fundamental to entrepreneurship and small business
ownership, personal money management and strategies needed for career
exploration. Guest entrepreneurs will share their experiences about how to
determine and satisfy customer needs/wants/expectations, meet business
goals/objectives, and create new product/services ideas.
Participants will apply concepts, strategies and systems that businesses
implement and enforce in order to minimize loss through the actual sales of
products and services. They will apply math and financial skills, improve
their technical literacy, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving
skills, and work on a business plan. Instructors and Mentors will discuss
and reinforce the values of Positive Work Ethic, Workplace Diversity and
Social Ethics and Responsibility.
Intermediate Entrepreneur Boot Camp (6 days) will include
presentations by Entrepreneurs and introduce participants to eBay
businesses and other online business opportunities; instruction will include
business plan development and finance and accounting principles.
Business Plan and Technical Assistance will be provided for two days per
week. This part of the program will make the business plans more viable.
KSVC will provide this program assistance with the goal to increase the
number of new business start-ups.
By moving beyond classroom teaching and providing real-world
entrepreneurial experiences, this program will offer learning opportunities
that are more relevant to “green” businesses and help makes the connection
between education, income and prospects for the future.
The Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD)
The Green Entrepreneur Training Program was awarded to KSVC by the
Bluegrass Area Development District as administrative and financial agent
for the Workforce Investment Board.
BGADD enables local elected officials and citizens to unite and plan
growth for their communities. Local government, elected officials and
citizens comprise its board. The BGADD staff is made up of professionals
with a wide range of backgrounds in such areas as economic development,
human services, management and planning. For more information about
BGADD, visit www.bgadd.org.
• Desire to improve their community and the environment.
• Desire to start a “green” business or pursue a “green” job.
• Live in Lexington-Fayette County.
• Be between the ages of 18 – 24.
• Be economically disadvantaged (Income guidelines listed below).
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