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Young fresh faces set up shop at farmers market

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A group of fifth and sixth graders got a hands on lesson in what it's like to own a business by opening their own booths at the Iowa City Farmers Market on Wednesday.

It's part of a week-long summer camp through the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship where they learn what it takes to open a business. By the third day of camp, the young entrepreneurs were already putting their businesses to the test by selling their products at the market. Products ranged from sugar scrubs, luggage tags, to bird houses.

Dakota Zirker, of Iowa City, sold bath bombs at the market. She said she hopes to one day open her own business.

"We've learned how to cooperate with people a lot and how to work in groups and we've learned what an entrepreneur is and sort of the steps on how to become one and how to be one," Zirker said.

The camp-goers get to keep the money they earn selling their items which also teaches them how to count change. On Thursday the group will go over their selling techniques and listing prices to see what worked and what didn't.

An organizer said they've been holding this camp for almost ten years and one of their former kids went on to open the Great American Popcorn Company in Cedar Rapids.

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