Budding entrepreneurs pursue their dreams through Junior Achievement

Phil Symons talk to seniors in Ms. Joanne Adams Personal Finance class about the opportunities that Junior Achievement offers budding entrepreneurs.

Phil Symons talk to seniors in Ms. Joanne Adams Personal Finance class about the opportunities that Junior Achievement offers budding entrepreneurs.

Do you have an idea for a new invention, service or business, but don’t know where to go or how to get started? Phil Symons, program manager from Junior Achievement Academy, offered seniors in Ms. Joanne Adams Personal Finance Class an overview of entrepreneurship and the services that JA offers to help make their business dreams come true.

“JA Academy unlocks the innate ability to solve a problem or fill a need in their community by launching a business and unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit,” said Symons. ”If you want to create a business or explore a business idea, you can do it through us.”

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The near-century old non-profit organization offers students a once a week, 2 1/2 hours, after school workshop for 13 weeks. To give the students real exposure to the business world, the meetings are held at corporate and community host sites where successful business persons mentor and encourage them.  For the fall program, which runs from October to December, the host site will be PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boston.

The course includes information about starting and running a business, and even liquidating one. Students will have the opportunity to work with other greater Boston area students and will compete at the JA Student Leadership Summit for a chance to be named JA Company of the Year. They will also apply to be one of 15 companies nationwide to compete at the JA National Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

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“There are so many benefits to this program for students interested in business,” said Adams. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone, such as product developers, and for anyone who wants to major in business in college. Participation in the program, which is free, also looks great on a college transcript!