Inventing the Future

Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The theme for this year’s event is “Invent the Future.”

The program was created 19 years ago to create an enriching educational experience for our daughters and sons. More than just a way for kids to get out of school for the day, as some people perceive it, the program is credited with expanding opportunities and transforming the lives of millions of youth both nationally and internationally. When the program works as intended, it forges partnerships between businesses and schools, adults and children, workplaces and neighborhoods.

I’m curious about two things. First, Did Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (or formerly Take Our Daughters to Work Day) plant the seed for your entrepreneurial future? Second, do any of you as current business owners encourage your employees to participate in this program? If you do, what kinds of meaningful activities do the kids participate in during the day? What kinds of results have you seen as a result of encouraging participation in the program?

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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