Great Opportunity for your Students – April 15

The seventh annual Celebration of Youth Entrepreneurship is Wednesday, April 15 at University School. This year’s speaker is Clint Greenleaf, founder and CEO of Greenleaf Book Group and author of several books, including Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs and The Unwritten Rules of the Workplace. Clint has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Inc. to name a few. Clint will discuss his entrepreneurial journey, as well as the importance of understanding personal finance.

There are several opportunities for students to participate:

  • 10:30-11:30am presentation to high school students at our Hunting Valley campus
  • 1:30-2:30pm presentation to middle school students at our Shaker Heights campus
  • 7:30pm Young Entrepreneur Market for student entrepreneurs at our Hunting Valley campus (coincides with the free adult program)

Space is available for schools to attend. We will have more demand than we can fulfill so please register early. The program is free and bus transportation can be reimbursed.

For more information, to register for the school presentations, or to reserve a table for your students at the April 15 Young Entrepreneur Market, please contact Mary Schoen (, 216-831-1984 x7496).

Youth Entrepreneurship Champion Recognized

Deborah Hoover, president and CEO, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and major supporter of the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem in Northeast Ohio was named one of Inside Business’ 100 most influential leaders in Northeast Ohio.

From Inside Business: “Hoover’s making…significant inroads in support of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio.”

The Foundation supports youth, collegiate, and adult entrepreneurship through such initiatives as Lemonade Day NEO, Blackstone LaunchPad, and the JumpStart Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program. She serves as current chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future and is now on the board of Team NEO.

See the full list here: Inside Business – Power 100: The List

Young Entrepreneur Market Wraps Up Successful Year

The pilot year of the Young Entrepreneur Market (YEM) was a success with 20 market days, participation from 44 students representing 15 schools and organizations, and more than $4,000 in revenue.

Through YEM, student entrepreneurs and school-based businesses have the opportunity to sell to the community at area farmers markets. Students hone their sales and communication skills, gauge competition and gain confidence as many of them return and develop a loyal customer base.

In 2015, YEM will increase its geographic footprint: in addition to the Shaker Square and Crocker Park market locations, student entrepreneurs will be able to sign up to sell at the Hudson Farmers Market. Registration for the 2015 Market is now open and the full schedule is available online at Young Entrepreneur Market.

Regional High School Business Plan Competition

Submissions are being accepted for Lake Erie College’s Entrepreneurship Challenge. The competition is primarily for new business ideas, however this year a second category has been added for students that have already launched a business and are generating revenue and/or have raised outside capital.

Submission deadline is April 15. Finals are May 5. Cash prizes for the Challenge total $3,000! Sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Please reach out to Dale ( and Peter ( with questions or for an application, guidelines and copy of the judging rubric.