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North Dakota Business Challenge kicks of in June

The North Dakota Business Challenge program is currently accepting registrations for its 2010 program to be held June 13-18 at Dickinson State University and in historic Medora. Business Challenge is a one week business camp for high school students in grades 9-12, including 2010 graduates, and K-12 educators. Participants learn valuable skills in business, leadership, communication, and gain insight into career choices. Registration is available online at

One of the objectives of Business Challenge is to provide students and educators with a better appreciation and understanding of business and entrepreneurship. Participants learn about technology, electronic business, and the global economy. Participants learn to generate profits, which are necessary for economic growth, competition, and productivity. They also tour industry sites, run their own business through a computer simulation, write a marketing plan, create a presentation, and meet some of North Dakota's most influential people. Educators also attend in order to enhance their professional skills and learn strategies to integrate "real life" into their classrooms no matter what discipline they teach.

In addition, both student and educator participants gain a better knowledge of North Dakota's economy, its opportunities, and obtain insight into career choices in the state. Business Challenge fits in with the New Economy Initiative strategies, as the program is aimed to spark the spirit of entrepreneurship among our strongest resource: North Dakotas.

Over 250 businesses, organizations, and individuals provide sponsorships, financial support, and in kind donations each year to enable students and educators to attend the program with minimal costs. Business Challenge is a program of the North Dakota business community, Dickinson State University, and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. For more information or to register for this year's program, visit or call 1-800-279-429.