Girl Scouts entrepreneurs start face-to-face sales and continue online as small business owners
On October 4, local Girl Scouts entrepreneurs will begin in-person sales by offering nuts, candies and food magazines to Girl Scouts supporters through the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois fall produce program. The 2021 lineup includes fan favorites like Mint Treasures and introduces new ones like Caramel Apples.
Fall 2021 in-person products are $ 5 to $ 10 and include: Girl Scout Uniform Pewter with Mint Treasures; Christmas box in the shape of a bunny with luxury pecan clusters; Whole cashews with sea salt (can); Caramel apples (box); Trail mix with peanut butter (bag); Dark chocolate peppermint pretzels (bag); English butter caramel (box); Deluxe Pecan Bunches (box); Dark chocolate caramel capsules with sea salt (box); Mint chocolate penguins (box); Sweet and savory mixture (can); chocolate covered raisins (box); Peanut Butter Bear (box); Peanuts with dill pickle (box); Fruit slices (box).
The fall produce program teaches Girl Scouts to skillfully navigate the virtual marketplace. These budding entrepreneurs are learning how to build a website and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit. Each entrepreneur personalizes his own site by:
â¢ Show their goal and what they want to gain;
â¢ Writing a description or creating a video to explain to clients how the funds won will be used;
â¢ Adding their favorite image;
â¢ Provide means for customers to securely login to products using website, email, text, social media, QR code or printable business cards;
â¢ Creation of their own personalized virtual avatar.
Customers can order items from individual Girl Scout websites. Each customer can order, pay for, and receive direct shipments of items, with Girl Scout receiving full credit for the purchase. These young entrepreneurs started offering fall products virtually on September 14th and can choose to sell in person with parental permission and following all Girl Scout health and safety rules from October 4-23.
The following products, priced from $ 5 to $ 20, are also available online exclusively in each Girl Scout’s virtual store: Christmas box in the shape of a rabbit with caramel treasurers; Christmas bunny box with chocolate coated pretzels; Mixed roasted nuts with honey (pot); Mixture of nuts and seeds (pot); Ruby Medley (box); Chocolate coated almonds (box); Salsa mix (box); Cranberry nut mix (can); Butter roasted peanuts (box); Dulce de Leche Owls (box); Hot Cajun Crunch (box); Honey roasted peanuts (box); Almond and orange crunch (bag); Almond butter cups (box); BBQ flavored snack mix (box); Black Forest trail mix (bag); Coconut (bag); Biscuits and cream cups (box); Gourmet Caramel Corn with Almonds and Pecans (20 oz); Gourmet Nut Mix (15 oz); Giant cashews (15 oz); and mocha cups (box).
Interested customers can contact a local Girl Scout for these fall products. To support a local Girl Scout’s small business, customers can call the Northern Illinois Girl Scout Product Program hotline at (847) 214-9295, email [email protected], or visit www.girlscoutsni.org/buynutscandymags.
How is the Girl Scout Fall Product Program different from traditional school or club fundraisers?
Through the Girl Scout leadership experience, entrepreneurs see a direct benefit in any product they win. They decide how to use their profits to fund their own adventures. They will work together in person or virtually with their friends – creating their first official meeting room – to share sales ideas, have fun, and collaborate on how to spend the profits on what they want to do. Girl Scouts offers the online tools they need to be successful, as well as the skills and in-person training to raise the next generation of successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Funds earned through the Fall Product Program help troops get started in the fall, well ahead of the Girl Scout Cookie Winter Program. Both programs teach important skills and help troops fund service activities and projects.
Girl Scouts learn five valuable life skills by participating in the Fall Product Program. They set personal goals and a troop goal to achieve what they want to do as a group. They use their decision making skills to give their opinion on how to maximize sales and spend troop proceeds. They hone their relationship skills by learning to speak, listen and interact with different types of people while understanding the importance of customer service. By managing the money, Girl Scouts get a better idea of ââcorrectly counting change and making sure that a check is done correctly. Finally, they learn business ethics. They understand how important it is to be honest, to meet deadlines, and to market a product properly.
Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be shameless themselves as they discover their strengths and take on new challenges, whether they want to climb to the top of the mountain. ‘a tree or at the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or climate justice advocate, make their first best friends. Supported by trusted adult volunteers, mentors and millions of alumni, Girl Scouts are leading the way in finding their voice and making changes that affect the issues most important to them.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves 16 counties, including some or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call (844) 476-4463.