Side hustle or self-employed, high schoolers learn how to be entrepreneurs 

Joe Wright of Wright Foot Socks urges students to find their niche. For him, it's punny socks.
"So, you want to be an entrepreneur?"  

That was the question posed to more than 100 high school students attending Concordia College’s first Entrepreneurship Day. Speakers and presentations focused on answering how to make it possible.  

Students got a chance to learn some industry secrets from three local entrepreneurs.  

Joe Wright from Wright Foot Socks, which sells punny and eye-catching socks, spoke about the need to find your own niche so your business can stand out.  

Hannah Stelter, aka The Scribble Lady, leads students in the Art of Imperfection workshop.

Hannah Stelter is a local artist who recently started a second business venture — Scribble Lady, an art supply and gift shop in downtown Fargo. To inspire future artist-entrepreneurs, she stressed how artists can be natural business owners due to their creativity, independence, and ability to take risks. She also led an art workshop with a message of embracing imperfections.

The students learned business basics, such as pricing strategies and industry jargon, from 2022 Concordia graduate Madi Hagen. Hagen, a former co-president of the college’s Entrepreneurship Club, has grown Arts and Crafts by Madi and Adi into a successful side hustle, after launching it during her senior year at Concordia.    

Madi Hagen '22 shares tips to help students who may want to start a business.

After a day of advice, the high schoolers got to put what they learned into action and create a business idea. 

Bree Langemo, director of entrepreneurship at Concordia, said after hearing positive feedback from the schools, she plans to have more events like this in the future.   

“Students learned that entrepreneurship complements any discipline and that all students need to be entrepreneurial no matter what career path they pursue,” Langemo said.