Monica Brisbon is a teacher at Carolina Forest High School who found a way to stay busy and continue as an educator during the summer.
Last week Brisbon teamed up with YEScarolina (Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina) to host Brizzy Bees Biz Camp. It was a camp -- held at Capture Inc. in Loris -- aimed at giving young people a chance to learn what it is like to be a business owner.
Brisbon is from the Green Sea-Loris area and said one reason she decided to host the camp was she wanted to give back to her community.
“I wanted to offer the students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurial concepts and skills and what it takes to run their own business,” she said.
During the week, the 18 students who took part planned, designed and began a business. Then, on Friday, they had to present their business plans to a panel of judges.
The first place winner was Kennedi McLean who created a business called ‘Hot Basic Sneakers.’ In second place were Yahaira Robinson and Keyira Tyler with their business called ‘Growing Hands Beauty.’ In third place was Alexius Simmons with her business ‘Alexius Fashion Way.’
Brisbon said because of the success of this year’s camp, she definitely plans to do it again next summer. She said she will be writing a grant in hopes of getting funding for a laptop computer.
She said during the camp she discovered some of the participants do not have computer access at home and they had to use their phones to plan their businesses.
Brisbon said she chose the bee as the symbol for the camp because bees “have similar characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. They are hardworking, determined, and have love of community.”
Brisbon said the week was very rewarding as she was able to see all of the different skills the students put on display.
“Hopefully they can grow up to be entrepreneurs one day,” she said.