Aug. 4-7 Biz Kidz Camp adds speakers focused on building entrepreneurial skills

Rachel Pavelka

KEARNEY – Six speakers have been added as presenters at the upcoming Biz Kidz Camp: Kearney hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney Center for Rural Research and Development.

The event equips youth ages 10 to 14 with knowledge needed to start or improve a business. It meets Aug. 4-7 at UNK from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UNK West Center building. The camp costs for the entire week.


Janita Pavelka, an award-winning youth entrepreneurship educator from Oxford, will lead the classes. Her own children have started 36 different business over the last 12 years.

Additional presenters and their topics include:

  • Vaughn Duncan and Joel Wheeler, Farmers & Merchants Bank, budgeting/financing;
  • Travis Hollman, Hollman Media, shoestring startup;
  • Miranda Kluthe, UNK Enactus, advertising and signage;
  • Bruce Lear, Black Oak Investment Counsel, asking for money/pitching to investors; and
  • Rachel Pavelka, student entrepreneur, scholarship opportunities.

A 2014 Loomis High School graduate who will attend college this fall, Rachel Pavelka is being featured and will discuss how she obtained more than $100,000 in college scholarships through her community service and business activities. She will speak from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in the West Center Building room 221E.

Rachel Pavelka will share more than 80 scholarship opportunities, review resume writing, and show how to document work experience, entrepreneurship activity and community service. She will also cover interviewing pointers, as many large scholarships require Skype or in-person interviews.

Biz Kidz Camp is structured around UNL’s 4-H EntrepreneurShip Investigation Camp Guide, an interactive project aimed at youth who are interested in making money and learning about business. It includes case studies, activities and technology to help develop entrepreneurial skills, including discussion about customer service, branding, target marketing, sales, pricing and tracking expenses.

Participants will create a business and have the opportunity to sell their goods and make money at the ESI Expo/Sale from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 9 in Downtown Kearney: The Bricks. Last year the 12 campers sold over $600 in two hours.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Shawn Kaskie at 308-865-8135.


Writer: Todd Gottula, 308.865.8454,
Contact: Shawn Kaskie, director of Center for Rural Research and Development, 308.865.8135

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