It was just another day at the office as 60 young business owners set up shop in the middle of Rodney Square.

Rows of tables lined the inside of a white tent in the square — each one a mock business run by young entrepreneurs — for Thursday’s Market Day, the culmination of Chasing the Dream entrepreneur summer camp.

The Delaware Financial Literacy Institute hosts the entrepreneurial camp for ages 8 to 14. The camp is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

Curious walkers-by from the bus stop or nearby office buildings drifted into the tent looking to cool off or support local business. And by the time the first steamy hour rolled by, Raishod Orr was glad he chose to sell two flavors of water ice.

Colorful posters hung on the tables, and the young vendors marked their earnings on a lined sheet.

Karen Graham, camp director and senior associate director at the Delaware Institute, said the 4-year-old camp teaches children the characteristics of an entrepreneur.

“Not only are we teaching these kids options for their life, but we’re teaching them to be creative,” Graham said.

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