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Can your high school business make the transition to college?

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This story appears in the November 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

So many entrepreneurs are born full of business ideas. It's not unusual to hear an entrepreneur say "I started my first business at age 12." And for those entrepreneurs who already have a business under their belts before they go to college, what can college do for them? If you're a student at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, you can get college credit for the work you're already doing in your business. And while running your business, you can learn valuable skills such as accounting and marketing, and meet with advisors to help you grow.

The BYOBiz program is the brainchild of Champlain president Dave Finney. "The business owner coming out of high school typically has a lot of technical questions--like how do they set up the right accounting system or trademark a product?" Finney says. With professors who own businesses and have entrepreneurial backgrounds, that knowledge is right there for the taking at Champlain.

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