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United States JA Company of the Year Competition
The goal of the JA Company of the Year Competition is to create a signature showcase for Junior Achievement and the high school students who benefit from the impact of the JA Company Program®. This annual celebration of success will allow young people to demonstrate their business acumen and sprit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which will engage business, education and policy leaders as well as the national media.
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2011 United States JA Company of the Year Competition Winner Announced
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, TEENS WIN 2011 NORTH AMERICAN
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Teen entrepreneurs take regional title by leveraging social media to promote their company
The First-Place Team, Team L.Y.M.E, posing with their awards.
Colorado Springs, Colo. - On Thursday at Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University, Junior Achievement selected the teen entrepreneurs who own and operate "L.Y.M.E" ("Leave Your Mark Everywhere") the winners of the 2011 United States JA Company of the Year Competition, from 14 other competing U.S. and Canadian student companies. The event culminated in meetings between the U.S. teen entrepreneurs and their Congressional Members and staff on Capitol Hill, and with U.S. Small Business Administration head Karen Mills.
The Second-Place Team, Team Eco-Eventerprise, posing with their awards.
Team "L.Y.M.E," representing St. Paul's High School for the Recording Arts, produced customized radio commercials for their clients and aired them on the school's radio program.
Kurtis Greenwood, 18, L.Y.M.E.'s marketing vice president, said, "The whole experience with Junior Achievement has helped me develop my entrepreneurial skills and has also prepared me to start a business of my own with confidence that I can work with anyone, anywhere. It also reminded me that the world is limitless, you can reach anything you put your mind to."
The Third-Place Team, Team Viking Enterprises Division 12, posing with their awards.
Second place in the competition was awarded to "Eco-Eventerprise" from the Harmonium Epicentre after-school program in San Diego, Calif. This student company created artwork and event centerpieces from recycled materials.
Third place was won by Viking Enterprises Division 12, from Hoover High School, in North Canton, Ohio. These teen entrepreneurs created and sold themed t-shirts and letter-art photography frames. [Read More]
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF CALGARY, ALBERTA, TEENS WIN 2011 FEDEX ACCESS AWARD
Student entrepreneurs demonstrate the powerful impact of free trade to create jobs, drive economic growth and improve society
The First-Place Team, Spectra, posing with their awards.
Colorado Springs, Colo. - At the 2011 North American Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition held recently in Washington, D.C, student-run company "Spectra" won the annual FedEx Access Award. The students, who represented Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta and Western Canada High School, produced and successfully marketed the "Firefly," a solar-powered nightlight made from re-used and recycled materials. Their company, as evaluated by a special FedEx jury, presented the best business plan with the potential to create jobs, grow small business, expand global development and improve the environment.
"New kinds of global, digital connections are driving our economy and these same connections are saving and creating jobs," says Mike Ducker, COO and President, International FedEx Express. "In preparing for the competition these students studied
international trade issues and successfully identified strategies for trading in a dynamic global environment. Through Spectra, we can all see how their business ideas create opportunities around the world. It's easier and easier for people like these young entrepreneurs to successfully enter the global marketplace with a winning model. I congratulate Spectra on their smart business strategy." [Read More]
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