Now is your opportunity to explore whether or not you can turn that great idea, talent, or inventiveness into a profitable enterprise!
Beginning in the spring of 2020, all high school age students in Fauquier County interested in one day owning a business are invited to join the Youth Entrepreneurship Council at their respective high school.
The council will be a way for students to engage in entrepreneurship activities, explore potential career paths, and discover the tools needed to own and operate a business in Fauquier County, but also to learn skills and knowledge that are transferable anywhere.
Subsequently, the council will meet monthly in the spring of 2020 with local government administrators, elected officials, and local business owners. The goal is to explain the process of licensing, regulatory concerns, legal responsibilities, challenges/barriers, successes/failures and the benefits one can achieve by being your own boss! The follow-up sessions will be in group format allowing the students to engage with community leaders and ask questions. In addition the students will have the opportunity to attend sessions of town council or supervisor meetings in Fauquier, or hear from a guest speaker on issues of public policy relating to business, entrepreneurship, and related topics.
Panels of students and local professionals explore examples and advice on how to be a leader in the local business community.
Forum with our contributors and participants for our Wakefield Student Team.
Local entrepreneurs discuss what it's like to have a business in the county.
This CNE:PATH Panel discussion explores how to make the most of your nonprofit organization.
Mayor Carter Nevill and Town Council member Renard Carlos discuss things to keep in mind to start a business in Warrenton.
Carlene Hurdle Director of LFCC Workforce Solutions, Jonathan Mills Corporate Culture Specialist, and Pablo Teodoro Owner of Great Harvest Warrenton discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses.
In the fall of 2020, students who exhibit an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and have a fresh and unique idea for a start up are encouraged to apply for the Minnow Tank. The program is designed to encourage creativity, nurture unique business ideas, flesh out potential issues, and teach students how to create an effective business plan. There is no cost to the student for either the Spring Council, or the Fall Minnow Tank Program. These programs have been funded by a grant from the PATH Foundation. Students may register for the Youth Entrepreneur Policy Council and Spring Program through their participating high school. To register for the Minnow Tank Competition, students may apply directly through this website.