Youth Entrepreneur Program

If you’ve ever had a lemonade stand, delivered newspapers, ran errands, raised animals, or had an innovative idea, then you know a little bit about being an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs are people who see an opportunity and seize it. They enjoy tackling a challenge and finding new ways to make things happen.

The Callaway Bank is excited to be investing in a specialized loan program specifically designed for student entrepreneurs.

Whether it’s your own photography studio, sweet corn patch, greenhouse, or anything else, The Callaway Bank is here to help you get started.

Tell Us About Your Project

Checklist For Application

  • Must have loan application signed by borrower and parent/guardian or project leader
  • Brief written explanation of project
  • Budget for project including projected income and expenses
  • Must be 18 and under

Youth Entrepreneur Program FAQs

What information do I need to provide?

As with any business loan, you will need a business plan. However, for our Youth Entrepreneur Program, we have simplified the process. You will need a financial statement, a brief explanation of your project approved by your advisor, a budget, and a loan application signed by you and your parent/guardian. Please see our Youth Entrepreneur Checklist for more details.

What kind of projects?

Eligible projects would typically be based around school entrepreneur programs such as FFA or FBLA and will vary depending on the student. Agriculture-related projects could involve raising livestock or developing a greenhouse. It could be tech related, like a mobile app or an online business development. One key feature each project must have is business viability. One of the goals of this program is to teach young adults how to manage finances and give them experience running their own business and being responsible for credit. Your business planning will need a plan for repaying the loan.

How much can I borrow?

Youth Entrepreneur loans are available up to $1000 or more depending on the project. Loans are structured with a low-interest rate and a 1-year term.

Who is eligible for this program?

The Youth Entrepreneur Program is open to high school students in mid-Missouri working with a school advisor who can mentor them in running a business.