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From press release:

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Foundation is currently accepting applications for Business Horizons, a summer program where high school students (grades 9-12) gain hands-on career experience, build valuable leadership and future-ready skills, and learn from professionals across a variety of industries.

Business Horizons 2019 will take place July 14-18 on the Central College campus in Pella. Students who apply before May 10 will receive a $60 discount on registration. Applications will be accepted until early-July or maximum participants is reached. Applications can be completed now at www.BusinessHorizonsIowa.com.

During the program, participants are placed in teams to create a new product and launch a mock business to support it. Students work through each step of development including vision and mission statements, financial projections, marketing materials and more. Iowa professionals work with students serving as week-long mentors. Students create an infomercial for their product and ultimately present their plans to a panel of volunteer investors and entrepreneurs. The week also includes visits to local businesses, workshops, keynote speakers and fun after-hours activities.

Two alternate opportunities are offered for students interested in media and journalism or technology-based careers. These tracks have slightly modified experiences in order for students to further explore these specialties.

“I loved the relationships and opportunities that Business Horizons gave me, and I learned so much about myself in just one week. I highly recommend Business Horizons to all high school students,” said Grace Manternach of Oskaloosa, a 2018 program participant.

All high school students with any career interests are welcome to attend. Business Horizons is a great fit for students wanting to explore career paths and discover their personal strengths. All participants also have the opportunity to earn college credit as well as a $1,500 Central College scholarship renewable for four years.

Please contact the ABI Foundation with any questions at (515) 235-0570 or [email protected].


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