Student Feature: Mill City Made

Matt Hodges attended Minnesota Business Venture as a rising senior at Chanhassen High School hoping to explore his interest in business during the summer of 2015. His one week at MBV led him down the business path and helped him eventually create his own business during his freshman year at Iowa State University. Mill City Made was founded in January 2017 right out of Matt’s dorm room. After seeing many of his peers wearing state pride apparel at college, he had the idea of creating a hat representing state pride. His business carries a variety of Minnesota-themed hats and visors

Educator Excels with BestPrep Programs

Debbie Drommerhausen has been an educator in Stillwater Area Public Schools since 1973. A teacher of Marketing, she began complementing her curriculum with BestPrep programs in 2005 at Stillwater Area High School. Debbie has utilized the Classroom Plus program, bringing business professionals to speak with her students, as well as the Financial Matters program, which helps students gain essential money management skills. Debbie also introduced The Stock Market Game (SMG) to her students in 2009 to give them a hands-on learning experience in business and financial literacy. Though Debbie’s history with BestPrep is impressive in multiple capacities, she is perhaps

The Impact of Mentoring

Laura Scanlon, Program Associate at BestPrep and educator with 30+ years of experience, talks about the unique impact of online mentoring programs, and the difference you may not know you’re making . . . Q: What made you choose eMentors for your classroom? A: I started doing eMentors 13 years ago. I was designing a curriculum for a 9th grade business class, and I wanted something more; an outside experience. The program met so many of our class goals: lots of writing, real-world experience, and career exploration. Q: What would tell an educator considering doing a program like eMentors or

Thank You, Mentors!

Renae Carlson, Program Associate at BestPrep and former educator with 30 years of experience in Minnesota schools, discusses the benefits of mentoring for students, and what makes a great mentor (hint: it’s easier than you think) . . . Q: Have you ever had a mentor, and how have they helped you? A: I’ve had numerous mentors throughout my life. Mentors help you decide if you like something [as a career]. More than that, mentors show you a bigger realm of what is available to you. Q: As an educator, how have you seen programs like eMentors and Cloud Coach

SJU 2017: Day Five – Let’s Get Down to Business!

There was a warm breeze this morning while getting ready for the last full day of camp! Everyone was busy eating breakfast and rushing back to their company rooms preparing for their big presentation. The pressure has built up and each camper was working hard finishing up any final touches to enhance their product. But that was not the only thing in store for our campers today! The day began with a keynote speaker, Jeff Munneke, the vice president of Fan Experience and BB Academy for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx. Munneke mentioned to the audience about continuing to

SJU 2017: Day Four — Final Countdown

It’s already Wednesday, and we are well into the swing of Minnesota Business Venture. Campers enjoyed their last full day of working on their business plans before presenting them to a panel of judges tomorrow to ask for a loan. The day began with our entrepreneurial shareholder’s address from Tyler Olson, a MBV alum. He gave an inspiring speech about his own experiences with founding ten businesses by the age of thirty. Tyler is currently the CEO of SMCpros and helped to motivate our campers to “stop waiting and start your dream business today.” Tyler’s story encouraged students to be