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Junior Achievement is Just Awesome! JJ Entry #17

by Nicholas Tart

If you are here because of Junior Achievement, you should read this. If not, you should still read this but it might not be as relevant.

As some of you know, I recently (about 4 hours ago) had the opportunity to meet a whole slew of incredible people. I was invited to sit on an entrepreneurship panel for Junior Achievement in Denver today and I’m writing this to thank everyone involved.

I made a mistake

First off, I want to clear something up. Thanks to a nice young lady, it was brought to my attention that during the presentation I implied my business is more important than my education. This is absolutely not the case and my apologies for misspeaking.

I believe my comment was, “I have spent more time on my business than my other classes.” What I meant to say was, “My classes and my education still have priority over my business, but when I finish working on my class work, I work on my business. Then my business time accumulates and happens to take up more of my time than my homework.” I hope that makes sense.

In fact, my education at CSU is the very reason I started this business. The majority of the articles I will write on are a direct result of something I have learned from one of my business classes. More than anything, this business is an extension of my education and the articles I write are intended to educate others about business and entrepreneurship.

If you are contemplating going to college, I’ll make your decision much easier. GO TO COLLEGE! Do whatever you can to continue your education past high school. Your education is the one thing you’ll never lose and the one thing that will never be taken away from you.

Personally, being a student at CSU has done remarkable things for my business as well. I would list them but it would take a long time and it’s outside the scope of this article.

If you are the person who brought this to my attention, please leave a comment below so I can acknowledge you. I can’t remember your name but I think it started with an ‘R.’ Thanks.

Back to thanking people

The first people I should thank are Lucinda Kerschensteiner, Annette Paetzel and Jenn Venerable. They are the chain that brought me to Business Week’s eSummit. Lucinda introduced me to Annette, and Annette introduced me to Jenn. Then after a few minutes of begging, Jenn agreed to let me serve on the panel. This is evidence of how important it is for an entrepreneur to network within their communities.

I also met two presidents today! Robin Wise is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain, Inc. Scott Bemis is the President and Publisher of the Denver Business Journal. That’s the most amount of presidents I have ever met in one day. I enjoyed conversations with both of them and I really appreciate it.

Then I had the honor of being on the panel with two impressive, local entrepreneurs. Jim Talaric’s company, Fusion Specialties, specializes in mannequins and is responsible for the mannequin Old Navy commercials. Darrin Foster, owner of Oogie’s Popcorn, has had his all natural, flavored popcorn featured on the Rachel Ray Show. The popcorn was delicious. After hearing their stories I realize I have a lot of work to do.

Then, of course, I want to thank all of the students. You guys are incredible. I hope I’ve convinced and inspired you to continue with entrepreneurship. From the few of you that I talked to, I can tell the entrepreneurial wheels are turning and it was exciting to meet you all.

If any of you ever have any questions, please leave them in the comments area below this article or any other article on If you want to contact me by email, you can do that here. I strongly encourage you to contact me because I love hearing about your businesses and answering your questions.

In fact, I am inspired by you guys. So it’s really more of a favor to me than anyone else. I will reply to every email and comment but it might take me a few days. I’m going camping this weekend!

Everyone involved in the entire program was overwhelmingly nice to me. It was weird. I felt like a celebrity for a day. Thank you and I would love to do it again next year.

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Remember to leave your questions, comments and suggestions in the comments. Or, you can just say ‘hi’ so I know you were here..