Nationwide Competition to Award $30,000 in Prizes for Teen Girl Entrepreneurs

Nationwide Competition to Award $30,000 in Prizes for Teen Girl Entrepreneurs

by Nicholas Tart

Normally, I wouldn’t share something like this but it’s a phenomenal opportunity to reward the bright young female entrepreneurs in your community.

The 2010 Girls Going Places Award Program is going to award 15 teen girl  entrepreneurs (ages 12 to 18) a total of $30,000. The deadline to nominate someone is February 26th, 2010 at

Here’s the press release:

NEW YORK, January 12, 2010 — The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, NY (Guardian) today announced the final call for nominations for the 2010 Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Award Program. Under the program Guardian will grant a total of $30,000 to 15 teen business owners who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurship and community service.

“The Girls Going Places program inspires girls to see the potential of their entrepreneurial dreams by providing financial rewards and recognition for their business and community achievements, “ said Kathy Readinger, Guardian’s national manager of the program. “Since this is the tenth anniversary of Girls Going Places, we want to make a special effort to encourage girls across the nation to enter,” she continued. “The Going Places program is one of the many ways Guardian supports and recognizes women-owned businesses.”

Submissions will be accepted through February 26, 2010. Teachers, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate accomplished young female entrepreneurs between the ages of 12 and 18. Adults can nominate girls by submitting a 750-word essay endorsing accomplished young female entrepreneurs. Nominees must also write a 250-word personal statement on entrepreneurship, leadership, financial independence, or giving back to the community.

The first, second and third place winners receive prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000, respectively. The 12 finalists are granted prizes of $1,000 each. Girls can use the award to reinvest in their entrepreneurial projects or to save for college. Additional information about the program and nomination forms for the competition can be found at and online at YouTube, MySpace and Facebook (Keyword: GirlsGoingPlaces).

With rising college tuition rates across the nation, Guardian is committed to ensuring that young women are aware of the benefits of business ownership. “The recent economic crisis accentuates the importance of business and financial education,” said Readinger. “With more than 10 million firms across the nation that are owned by women, we are committed to helping the current generation of women entrepreneurs and those to come.”

The Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Award program anchors Guardian’s Women’s Initiative, which was established to help women and women business owners create, invest, and protect wealth.

About Guardian

A mutual insurer founded nearly 150 years ago, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and its subsidiaries are committed to protecting individuals, business owners and their employees with life, long term care insurance, disability income, group medical and dental insurance products, and offer 401(k), annuities and other financial products. Guardian operates one of the largest dental networks in the United States, and protects more than six million employees and their families at 120,000 companies. The company has more than 5,400 employees in the United States and a network of over 3,000 financial representatives in more than 80 agencies nationwide.

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If you decide to nominate someone because of this article, let me know in the comments area below!