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

SJU 2017: Day Three — Tuesday Halfway

We’re halfway into camp and are proud to see our campers engaged in activities and networking with others! While meeting other campers and business professions, campers were later challenged to prepare their professional expertise in a resume. We started the day with a keynote speaker: Nate Dungan. Dungan is the founder and president of a non-profit organization: “Share Save Spend.” Not only was he a fantastic speaker, but he was quite the energizer to keep our audience active! Dungan has written three books and published countless text resources in education. He even handed out five copies of his book to

SJU 2017: Day Two — Getting into the Groove of MBV

Our second day of Minnesota Business Venture is complete! With a full day of activities, company-bonding, and brainstorming, the campers are ready to rest up for what tomorrow will bring. Monday morning kicked off with a great start from Michael Keller, the CEO and President of Pearson’s Candy. Michael discussed the importance of a personal brand and how it can help individuals make a positive impact in the world. Michael challenged us to think about what personal attributes we want associated with our brands and encouraged us to create our own stories. With Michael’s inspiring words in mind, the campers

SJU 2017: Day One – Let’s Begin Camp!

Today at St. John’s University, BestPrep staff, student staff (returning campers), and volunteers put together string bags full of goodies and prepared the student binders, name tags, and dorm room keys. Around 10am, the campers began to arrive at St. Mary Hall with their parents or on a bus. Staff members and volunteers excitedly welcomed the campers and their parents as they received their supplies and bags for the upcoming week. With the smiles on their faces, each camper was looking forward to learning what the MBV experience is like. After checking in, campers visited their dorms, unpacked their belongings, and headed to