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

SCSU 2017 Day 5: It’s Game Time – Business Plans

Butterflies fluttered stomachs this morning as students woke up for the ‘day of truth,’ their business plans! After breakfast, students began the day listening to Anton Vincent, from Moxie Capital, talk about globalization and our role in a changing world. He got students to think about how the US is just one small segment of the world population, and that in a constantly disrupting economy, they have to stay abreast of changing trends. Anton finished by telling the students that their competition isn’t necessarily the person next to them, it’s the people in the rest of the world. Students then

SCSU 2017 Day 4: Final Crunch Time!

Tyler Olson, an entrepreneur who started ten businesses by the age of 30, kicked off day 4. Tyler has been generating profits off his business ventures since the age of 12, and attended MBV himself.  He became internationally recognized as one of the top 24 student entrepreneurs in the world from the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) competition. In one of Tyler’s businesses he works three hours a week and aspires to make 100,000 per year by next year.  Tyler’s firsthand MBV experiences showed how much they can succeed when they put forth the knowledge and experienced gained here.  

SCSU 2017: Putting the “Business” in Minnesota Business Venture!

“If you don’t have a passion for what you’re doing, do something else.” Chief Operations Officer and soon to be CEO of Great Clips, Rob Goggins, set the day off to a great start with his speech this morning. He shared about his upbringing, gave advice, and talked about what it means to be a leader and how to be successful at it. He shared stories about what he does on a daily basis and about his personal mission to show appreciation for his staff. He ended the speech by telling the MBV students about opportunities and how they should

SCSU 2017: The Challenge Has Started

We started the day off with a presentation by Michael Keller, the CEO and president of Pearson’s Candy Company. Michael started off sharing about how he loves helping others. Before Pearson’s, Michael was the CMO for  Dairy Queen International and held the top marketing posts at Jamba Juice,, Koo Koo Roo, and Baskin Robbins, USA. Learning about his journey and aspects of a job kept the students engaged and participating in asking him questions. Michael encouraged the students to think about their own personal brand to help them succeed.   After our speaker Michael, the students headed outside for

SCSU 2017: Registration Day!

Minus the rain, registration for MBV 2017 was a complete success! Students were immediately greeted in the morning by the BestPrep and student staff. Students registered for the camp, settled in to their dorm rooms, and then were invited to have lunch with their parents. The day truly began when all the MBV students went to the Atwood ballroom to hear Donzell Dixson give an inspirational speech about “writing your own story.”  Students were engaged with Donzell as he shared his story and passions. He talked about how he changed from a troubled kid to a motivated and disciplined man.