Entrepreneurship program planned in the Ignite incubator | local news

A local entrepreneur will present a program to give local youth another option as they consider their future.

A Youth Mastering Entrepreneurship program will be held on May 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ignite Business Incubator, 57 E. Chestnut St., Washington. The program is aimed at students in grades 3 through 12. It is free and open to the public.

Todd King, an Ignite member, executive coach, and serial entrepreneur, will share the lessons he’s shared across 40 states and eight countries. He plans to talk about life and business mastery strategies not typically taught in school.

“It will open their eyes to what’s out there,” King said. “Most people are trained to go to school, get a job and live there. Most people don’t realize there are other options. There are so many different ways kids can do things.”

King, who lives in Canonsburg, bought his first business as a student at West Virginia University. It was around this time that he fell in love with the business and became a serial entrepreneur.

The idea for the program grew out of an after-school program King developed while living in Ohio.

“I really wanted to help kids understand their passion and what entrepreneurship is,” King said.

Lauren LaGreca, Ignite executive, said programs like this align with the incubator’s mission to empower entrepreneurship.

“This event really resonates with many of the conversations we’ve had here at Ignite about the lifespan of being an entrepreneur from an educational perspective and what skills you need in elementary school, high school and all the way through college, work life and beyond ,” she said. “This event really appeals to the younger end of the spectrum, and it’s never too young to start thinking about it.”

Part of his discussion will focus on “emotional intelligence.”

King said emotional intelligence is concerned with understanding how to interact with people, understanding customers and how to present a product better.

King has trained, coached and spoken with many well-known business figures, including entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary from the TV show Shark Tank, best-selling author Dean Graziosi and business tycoon Robert Kiyosaki.

Currently, King primarily works with physicians, helping them with the business side of their practice and helping them become better leaders.

Parents must be present for younger children. Parking is free for live visitors. The event will also be available on Zoom.

“Several entrepreneurs I’ve met in town bring their kids,” King said. “It’s a great thing for kids to learn something different.”

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