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          Department of Business and Economics
          Hendricks Hall, Room 215A
          235 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2407

          Dr. Michael Engdahl
          Department Chair
          Phone: (814) 732-2412

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          Business Academy

          The Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy brings young men and women from high schools in Pennsylvania and across the United States to the Edinboro University campus for five days of workshops, activities and networking events designed to introduce them to the field of business.

          Williams Business Academy 2018 

          Explore the challenge of creating, building, and managing
          your own business. 

          buisness logoAcademy participants gain business acumen through immersive seminars focused on team building, business strategy, management, finance, marketing, problem-solving, communication, and financial literacy, including financial planning for college. Participants will work with high-achieving Edinboro University business students and meet with faculty from the Edinboro University School of Business, as well as regional business leaders. This year’s Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy is hosted by the Edinboro University School of Business and will be held at the Edinboro University campus June 9 - 13, 2019.

          * Xavier Williams is an Edinboro alumni of the School of Business.  A scholar-athlete (basketball) while attending Edinboro University, Mr. Williams has been nationally recognized for his success as the President of Public Sector and Wholesale Solutions for AT&T.  Mr. Williams and his wife, Tina, are dedicated to increasing financial literacy in the region and exposing young people to the discipline of business.
          The Business Academy’s culminating activity is the presentation of a business plan the participants develop throughout the week-long Academy. For the activity, the young scholars are assigned to groups and tasked with creating a product/service to solve a common problem in society and devise a plan for how to effectively build and market that product/service. Each participant assumes a role within their company (President, Vice President of Marketing, Director of Finance, etc.) and the company presents their business plans to a panel comprised of Edinboro University faculty and business leaders who then judge the presentations for an awards ceremony at the end of the program.

          Applying to Attend

          The Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy is open to students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Applicants should have an interest in business or a related field and in developing leadership skills.

          Applying: To be fully considered for participation in the program, students must submit a Student Application form by March 22, 2019. A teacher or guidance counselor must also nominate the student. The Teacher/Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form can be mailed, faxed, or emailed and should be received by March 22, 2019.
          Cost/Scholarship Information: Through the generosity of our benefactor, scholarships will be available to cover the $895 cost for each student selected for participation in the Academy.
          Housing: Participants will be required to be housed in one of Edinboro University's campus residence halls during the Academy. The cost of this residency is included in the participant's scholarship.

          For more information on the Business Academy, please contact Dawn Dillen or Kim Zimmer in the School of Business at (814) 732-2460

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