University of Wisconsin–Madison
SBDC Youth Entrepreneur Camp participant

Youth Entrepreneur Camp


The UW-Madison SBDC Youth Entrepreneurship Camp will utilize a 35-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 including: team building, leadership development, financial management, verbal communication, and business etiquette through interactive lessons and exercises.


For kids currently in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Sorry, no exceptions will be made.

Youth Camp graduate Ashutosh Gupta named one of the 25 Top Entrepreneurs in the U.S. under 25 by Business Week magazine!


This camp is available for scholarship through the DPI Minority Scholarship program and the SBDC for low income families.


Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison

Schedule: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Dates: TBD

Fees: $ 349 (includes lunch and all materials/supplies)

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This camp is for students that are currently in and 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 Heather Ferguson at 608-263-9675 or

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


Julie Wood

Julie Wood was the Program Manager and Youth Camp Director at the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison for many years. 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 holds a B.S. in Elementary Education as well as a M.S. in Educational Communications and Technology from UW-Madison.


Michelle Somes-Booher

Michelle Somes-Booher is the Director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW Madison.

In addition to her role as Director, Michelle also consults with clients. She works primarily with established businesses and has expertise in management and marketing. Michelle also assists clients in improving operations, increasing sales, and incorporating sound financial practices as they grow. Michelle has over ten years of sales experience and previously owned a small business. She has significant experience in teaching entrepreneurship and management in higher education. Michelle holds a BSBA in Management and Interpersonal and Public Communication, as well as a MBA from Central Michigan University.