Tag Archives: 40 Stories for 40 Years

Story 15 – Committed to Student Success

From February through May, Affinity Plus provided 35 students from three schools in Minnesota the opportunity to connect with an their employees through eMentors. Created by BestPrep, eMentors is the nation’s largest email mentoring program and fosters partnerships between local business professionals and students. Participants learn more about a particular career field, develop business communication skills, and […]

Story 14 – From Student to Mentor

In twenty years, my relationship with BestPrep has come full circle: from receiving career guidance from BestPrep – as a high-school student then – to facilitating volunteering and career day partnerships between BestPrep and UnitedHealth Group, as vice president of Operations for United Health Foundation. I was first introduced to BestPrep, then known as B.E.E.F. (Business Economics Education Foundation), when I attended Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) as a high-school student. I always enjoyed my math and business classes, but didn’t know what professional opportunities existed

Story 12 – Business Journal Feature

BestPrep was fortunate to be interviewed by Clare Kennedy at the Minneapolis – St. Paul Business Journal about our 40th anniversary. Check out the excerpt below and be sure to view the full story online. On the cusp of its 40th anniversary, Brooklyn Park-based BestPrep has a $1 million-plus budget and a reach that extends […]

Story 11 – The Power of Possible

This story comes from Tony Neuman, Marketing Communications Manager at Cargill: One of the most powerful and engaging experiences in my career began at a meeting in 2010 between Cargill’s volunteer committee and BestPrep. This story demonstrates Power of Possible. Let me explain. Bob Kaitz and Laura Marvin of BestPrep were invited to tell our […]

Story 10 – A 30 Year Commitment

In today’s world, financial and volunteer support for nonprofit organizations tends to ebb and flow. With corporate mergers, relocations and shifting charitable priorities coupled with an unpredictable economy, nonprofits often feel they are on a roller coaster ride with an uncertain end. This means that the loyal support of a steadfast partner is a tremendous […]

Story 9 – An Idea Ahead of It’s Time

Who would have thought in the early 80’s high school students would enthusiastically chase after the idea of going to a “business” summer camp? As a recent college graduate I was new to the business world. I was recruited to volunteer as a Resident Business Leader in the very early years of Minnesota Business Venture […]