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Bring your child to work day was how young children got to experience the corporate world, but the North Dakota Youth Entrepreneurship Education Program gives kids one week to manage a business of their own.

These aspiring business tycoons took an extended lunch to network, brainstorm and hear success stories.

Nike City looks like a ghost town right now. All the businesses are closed. No one manning the stations. But that's because the 21 business tycoons and family members are having a business lunch.

"We are celebrating energy leaders. Bismarck-Mandan energy leaders, this is a business luncheon," says program director Barry Striegel.

The camp is designed for ages nine to 13 years old, to create a company of their own based on what their fellow CEO's would be interested in buying. These children are learning about supply and demand, marketing strategies and branding.

"A lot of people wanted,like, food. And then a lot of girls wanted, like, clothes and stuff. So, I just decided to, like, put them together," says Lezxie Keller.

Keller owns Cupcakes, Clothes, and More, and she says this is her first time at camp and loves it. She was initially worried because she says the camp seemed like it would be similar to school.

"I like this idea better than the classroom because I don't have a lot of patience for teachers," says Keller.

Parker Kettering supports Keller's opinion of the program, this is his second year. He says he's learned a lot from last year, and used his experience as a blue print for this year's business.

"My ideas weren't as strong. I had coupons and things like that, but I didn't actually like sell them. I didn't actually make the public want them," says Kettering.

Striegel says just like medical professions groom students with scrub camps, this program opens childrechildren'so the idea that owning their own business is a career.

Parents say more children need to be involved in programs like this, forcing children to use their imagination as well as critical thinking and math skills.

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