1 Apr

LAUNCH: Partnering for Impact

April 1, 2016     FSG Bank     News

Jamaal Macon spent five years as a franchisee of a commercial cleaning company before making a risky decision. He knew the financials were skewed in favor of the franchisor, and he wanted to be more than an employee. He wanted, instead, to own and operate his own cleaning company. But even though he was skilled at his work, Jamaal knew there were parts of the business with which he was…
14 Mar

Sometimes you just need to shut up and listen.

March 14, 2016     By LAUNCH     News

“SO YEARS AND YEARS AGO, I HAD THIS IDEA, WHY DON’T WE FOR ONCE, INSTEAD OF ARRIVING IN A COMMUNITY TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO, WHY DON’T [WE] FOR ONCE, LISTEN TO THEM...”   Who doesn't love a good Ted Talk? One of our favorites is from a few years ago and is delivered by sustainable development expert Ernesto Sirolli.  When most well-intentioned aid workers hear…
Some Brainerd High school students get an extra $2,500 to help pay for college or start up a business. It’s all thanks to LAUNCH’s Youth Entrepreneurship Competition.The 3-in-1 Toothbrush took the top prize at the LAUNCH pitch competition.It’s for travelers and people on the go because it contains a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss all in one unit. Read the full store over at WDEF.COM.
7 Mar
After 13 groups of young entrepreneurs pitched their business plans at LAUNCH’s Youth Entrepreneurship Competition, 3-in-1 Toothbrush won the evening’s top prize. 3-in-1 Toothbrush is a "convenient toothbrush for travelers and people on the go where the toothbrush, toothpaste and floss are all contained in one unit," thought of by L.E.R. Company, Lexis Parks, Edwrick Bishop, and Renus Evans…
7 Mar

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition: Recap!

March 7, 2016     By anonymous     News

Last night, thirteen groups of young entrepreneurs pitched their business plans at our 5th annual Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. Winning the evening's top prize was 3-in-1 Toothbrush, a toothbrush for travelers and people on the go that contains the toothbrush, toothpaste and floss all in one unit, thought of by  Brainerd High School students L.E.R Company, Lexis Parks, Edwrick Bishop,…
1 Mar

The start of something new...

March 1, 2016     By anonymous     News

The internet is full of content. This very blog is adding to that content. We are caught in an overflow of information, but is it the right information? After stumbling across yet another article naming the “harsh realities” of being an entrepreneur, I became frustrated. Yes, being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. Why the need for these over the top titles that serve as click bait…