Minding Our Business, Inc. is a non-profit organization that began in 1997 as a community outreach program of Rider University’s College of Business Administration. Having trained and mentored more than 2,500 local middle school students in starting and running their own businesses, Minding Our Business currently operates three distinct educational and mentoring programs focused on experiential learning:
1) The Service Learning Program – a 12-week after-school program providing hands-on instruction to approximately 135 Trenton middle school students each spring regarding the process of starting and running a business.
2) The Summer Program – an intensive 2-week program providing 35 low-income middle school students with entrepreneurship training and mentoring at Rider University each summer.
3) The Advanced Program – a 10-month business coaching program for students needing additional business training and support to make their businesses sustainable year-round.
Each program emphasizes business and entrepreneurship training, as well as math, reading, communication and life skills, thus providing low-income, and typically at-risk youth, with unique opportunities for development.