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Business Mentors Turn High School Students From Dreamers to Pioneers


Samuel Ryder shares real-world insight.
Samuel Ryder shares real-world insight.
Ingenuity meets collaboration
Ingenuity meets collaboration
Tim Keohane indulges curiosity after his presentation.
Tim Keohane indulges curiosity after his presentation.
Carolyn Shirk engages up-and-coming businessfolk.
Carolyn Shirk engages up-and-coming businessfolk.

Students from area high schools fine-tuned their ambition and acumen on Friday in Penn’s Inn, where Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality partnered with EconomicsPennsylvania to present the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Working in teams, the enterprising students took their concepts from ideas to viable business plans. Instructing them in the steps to bringing their business models to life were Carolyn Shirk of EconomicsPennsylvania; Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University; and Samuel Ryder, vice president/group manager at FNB Bank, and a member of the school’s Business Administration Advisory Committee. EconomicsPennsylvania is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to ensure every young person in Pennsylvania understands essential economic and financial literacy concepts.

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