Northwest and North Central Missouri-area high school students will have a chance to learn about entrepreneurship during a training event this Thursday in Chillicothe.

The 7th annual Youth Entrepreneurship Summit is expected to attract about 120 students from Marceline, Brookfield, Chillicothe, and Cameron according to Steve Holt, director of Northwest Missouri State University's Small Business and Technology Development Center in Chillicothe. Holt's SBTDC office will host the day-long event at the Jenkins Expo Center at the Jerry Litton Ag Center.

"The Summit is to promote youth entrepreneurship and to showcase the capabilities of the region's young people," says Holt. "It will be a call to consider entrepreneurship as a career path and to consider following that career in the region. Additionally, it will encourage local communities, organizations, and businesses to get their young people involved in local problem solving."

The initial activity of the Summit will challenge the high school students to evaluate their ideas, beliefs, and interest in entrepreneurship. Throughout the day the students will work in teams of eight to 12 under the guidance of a NWMSU student. Each team will be a blend of students from the attending schools. The summit will also include a creative problem-solving exercise where the student teams will serve as consultants to a dozen local businesses and organizations.

Hedrick Medical Center is the Summit sponsor. Additional support is being provided by a dozen area businesses and organizations. NWMSU Students In Free Enterprise under the direction of Dr. Ben Blackford will assist with the summit.