How do programs do it? Check out these stories from past entrepreneur events to get tips and see highlights!


Summer 2020 OAN Pitch Contest Winner featured in Cleveland News

Check out this article from News 5 Cleveland about Nicholas Reese, an Akron North High School junior who won the high school level pitch contest this summer. READ IT HERE You can also listen to a radio interview with Nicholas HERE

CBI Students at Men of Honor Event

Introducing high school students to entrepreneurship using the Young Entrepreneur Pitch Curriculum last summer has brought new partnerships and opportunities for Community Building Institute (CBI) Middletown.

CBI recruited local community leaders as guest speakers and pitch judges, which turned into ongoing relationships with the program and students. Business leaders have continued to provide student education about entrepreneurship and even an invitation to attend the Men of Honor event.

Men of Honor celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary African American men and provided young men in CBI’s afterschool program with the opportunity to feel empowered to accomplish their dreams. Phillip Holloman, a Middletown graduate and retired Cintas Corporation COO (pictured second from right), purchased Men of Honor tickets for the youth, underwrote transportation to Cincinnati, and even rented tuxes for the young men!

Middletown businessman Steve Hightower (pictured on the left), Hightower Petroleum, and his son are now working with the local chamber to recruit mentors for students in CBI’s programs.


Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries Summer Program Found that Entrepreneurial Experiences Can Make a Difference

Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries Chief Program Office, April Alexander, interviewed by Youngstown reporter about her students’ entrepreneurial pitches

“One of our kids is new to us this summer and has some emotional challenges. I had to call mom during his first week after a few outbursts but assured her that we were going to love on him and institute some strategies to support him. I honestly wasn’t sure how he would do with camp, let alone (the OAN Pitch Challenge). He grabbed hold of the challenge, the issues subsided, and I happened to be in the room when he gave his pitch. He did a great job, and this was monumental for him! His mom said they practiced at home and he was really engaged. During the Entrepreneur Reception was the first time I saw him genuinely smile – even beam – during camp!!!! Captures my heart!” – Adult Program Leader of an OAN Pitch Challenge pilot project