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Enterprises & Projects

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Gift Store & Makerspace

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Storefront serves as a GIFT STORE open to the community and an internship site where our Youth Entrepreneurs (a.k.a. "Changemakers") intern and learn professional and business skills.  Participants learn communication skills and customer service skills necessary to succeed in business.  Learning is a process where making eye contact, white-glove service, professionalism, money handling, end-of-day reporting, and more are learned through modeling, feedback, and training.

You can find high-quality trending items from gift store suppliers, local artisans, and youth entrepreneurs at the CES Main Street Gift Store.  Products are carefully selected, and input from participants is often an opportunity to learn about purchasing.  When a participant wants to bring in a particular product line, issuing a purchase order and placing the order with the manufacturer or sales rep is another opportunity to learn the lingo associated with completing a wholesale order. 

Compassion, Integrity, Service, Discipline, & Trust

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Storefront serves as a GIFT STORE open to the community and an internship site where our Youth Entrepreneurs (a.k.a. "Changemakers") intern and learn professional and business skills.  Participants learn communication skills and customer service skills necessary to succeed in business.  Learning is a process where making eye contact, white-glove service, professionalism, money handling, end-of-day reporting, and more are learned through modeling, feedback, and training.

You can find high-quality trending items from gift store suppliers, local artisans, and youth entrepreneurs at the CES Main Street Gift Store.  Products are carefully selected, and input from participants is often an opportunity to learn about purchasing.  When a participant wants to bring in a particular product line, issuing a purchase order and placing the order with the manufacturer or sales rep is another opportunity to learn the lingo associated with completing a wholesale order. 

Our MAKERSPACE is where products are developed and branded by Youth (and an occasional adult.)  We have various tools such as computers, printers, hand tools, a Glowforge, a Cricut, and a 3D printer available.  Included in the Makerspace are business desks and equipment so that participants can become familiar with the office settings and what would typically take place in a business environment.  Students have access to barcoding equipment to make SKUs for their products and worksheets to complete purchase orders when they enter their inventory into the point-of-sale system.  Students must know their product(s), "Cost of Goods Sold," and retail prices before merchandising and selling their product in the Gift Store. 


Check out our store in downtown Farmington, between Java Joe's and Tuck's Ale House at 156 Main Street, Farmington, Maine 04938. Phone Number: (207) 779-1779.

 

SKILLS DEVELOPED

  • White glove Customer Sales & Service

  • Proper Business Etiquette

  • Business Terminology

  • Point of Sale Processing

  • Money Handling Techniques

  • Financial Reporting

  • Profit and Loss

  • Balance Sheet

  • Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable

  • Marketing & Merchandising

  • Inventory Management

  • Quality Control & Job Materials

  • Wholesale Ordering & Trade Shows

  • Work and Career Readiness Skills

  • Collaboration & Teamwork

  • Values - Hard work, Compassion, Integrity, Service, Discipline, & Trust

Tiny Home Pilot
"Making home possible"

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"Making Home Possible" is a project led by The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES). The project aims to solve the lack of affordable housing and provide internships, mentoring, and work opportunities.

Why? Franklin County does not have a Homeless Shelter or Youth Center. As a result, runaway, drop-out, and homeless youth are in dangerous situations where they are influenced, groomed, sexually assaulted, used for free labor, and many other nefarious purposes.  

Our "CES Changemakers" are working hard to solve this problem by learning how to build tiny homes on wheels, which are safe, private, and comfortable spaces. "Making Home Possible" will initially house homeless youth and young adults in a supervised setting. In addition, CES plans to expand its customer base to serve the elderly, veterans, and those seeking a simpler lifestyle by becoming more skilled in our manufacturing and business procedures.

There are 46 homeless youth in the Mt. Blue School system today and no shelter for them in this area!  I had three in just one of my classes.  We have to address this growing need.

Bonita Tompkins, CES

Whittier Road SitE

FOCUS AREAS

  1. ​Manufacturing​ & Technology

  2. Health & Wellness through Outdoor Recreation

  3. Culinary Arts

  4. Agriculture

  5. Commercial Real Estate

 

SITE PLANS

To develop a Youth Center for Entrepreneurial and Internship opportunities.  ​

BUILDING ONE

  • ​​Commercial Test Kitchen and Cafe

  • ​Garden Center and Greenhouses 

  • Retail Operations

BUILDING TWO

  • A Manufacturing and Technology Building.

  • Commercial Real Estate for Business, Educational, and Community Resources.  

ANCILLARY SPACES​

  • Participant Housing

  • Outdoor Recreation

  • Events and Entertainment

  • Trades Training

  • Greenhouses

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