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Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Primary School Teaching Parents? How ParentJobNet impacts low-income families through adult learning and entrepreneurship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Pat Craddick founded ParentJobNet "PJN" 9 years ago after leaving a career in finance to raise her daughter, Christina. While volunteering at P.S. 87 Elementary School on the Upper West Side, she found frustrated, under- or unemployed parents, disconnected from the workforce.

Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Builds Achievement: A look into the life of NFTE Alumni, Successful Entrepreneur Kemol Taylor

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Through entrepreneurship, we can change the world. Just look how Kemol changed his.

Teachers and School Leaders Make It Real

Julie Kantor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Julie Kantor

When you make it real, applicable to real life, you touch the hearts and minds of America's youth and young workforce. Make it hands on, and show young people the correlation to real life and they will learn way more and advance academically.

NFTE and NYCEDC Pioneer in Building Tech Entrepreneurship Program for High School Students

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.17.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Last Tuesday, nine teams of high school students demoed mobile app prototypes and pitched business ideas to a panel of tech-industry experts as a part of the semi-final round of competition in this year's NYC Generation Tech program.

The NFTE Startup Summer Program Integrates the Lean Startup Methodology Into Its Curriculum

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.30.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

NFTE's Startup Summer is an elite program developed by the New York-Metro team with the purpose of getting actual businesses started by NFTE graduates. Two young Startup Summer entrepreneurs talked to me about their experiences so far.

Imani Drayton Wins NFTE Newark's Summer BizCamp Competition

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.28.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

On August 16th at Rutgers' Newark campus, the newest cohort of NFTE students presented their business plans from the last two weeks of BizCamp, an accelerated program to teach students the fundamentals of business.

A Community Finds a New Way: Crown Heights and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurship Program provides resources and, most importantly, a place for young businesspeople and entrepreneurs to meet. Rabbi Werde's vision is that every young person in his community will have the resources necessary to pursue business aspirations.

Going Home: The NFTE Business Camp in Newark

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

It was like going home again when on Friday, August 9, I went to Newark, New Jersey, to visit the NFTE program at Rutgers University. My mind full of memories of some of our first entrepreneurship programs taught at this very site, I walked into this legendary school.

Embrace Our E-STEM Workforce

Julie Kantor | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Entrepreneurship education brings tremendous relevancy to STEM, and entrepreneurs are hiring and need to hire a STEM workforce just as much as corporate America does.

Getting to Know Entrepreneurship, Business and Finance Teachers at the New York Stock Exchange

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.30.2013 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

I was invited to the NYSE to speak to participants in a wonderful program they have hosted for the past 26 years, the NYSE Teachers' Workshop, where 35 of the top business and economics teachers had come together to strengthen teaching and learning.

An Interview With Maria Jimenez, A Top Youth Entrepreneurship Educator

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Young Entrepreneur Showcase. I had the chance catch up with one of the world's leading youth entrepreneurship teachers, Maria Jimenez, who helped bring these students through this exciting program.

NFTE New York Metro Regional Business Plan Semi-Finals

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

My heart beat in excitement as I watched each presenter. Their mastery of business concepts and understanding of their market opportunities amazed me.

The Perfect Day

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Have you ever had a perfect day? I had lived 21,815 days and never had a perfect one until April 23, 2013.

The SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference -- A World-Class Event

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

For the last three years, I have attended the SALT conference in Las Vegas. The brain child of Anthony Scaramucci, it is the top conference in the world for hedge funds and money managers. This year was the best.

An Interview With Mark and Becky Levin, Founders of The Possible Project -- A World-Class Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

"The Possible Project was born out of an idea that came to us more than 30 years ago, while we were living in San Francisco. Each day we were overcome with the number of disengaged young people who were living on the streets, seemingly without direction."

Me and 'Mr. K' -- How Meeting Ewing Marion Kauffman Changed My Life and the Future of Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

NFTE today runs entrepreneurship education programs in over a dozen countries. Perhaps this rapid global growth would not have happened if I had not had a pivotal meeting in 1992 with one of our greatest modern entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Ewing Marion Kauffman.

Louis Kelso, A Financing Revolutionary -- Bringing Ownership to Workers Through Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Kelso was a true revolutionary in finance and ownership education. He was the inventor of the employee stock ownership plan. We at NFTE had two such experiments -- one in Newark with Jersey Mike's and one in the South Bronx with NFTE Solutions.

NFTE's South Bronx Roots: Founding Students Tell Their Stories

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

With the 25th anniversary of NFTE fast approaching, my friends Marisol, Serena and Vincent recently met with me to share their life stories. These three students were all in the same remedial business class at Jane Addams High School in the Bronx, 28 years ago.

Reflecting on Two Startups and Career Transition

Julie Kantor | Posted 05.19.2013 | DC
Julie Kantor

As I move to my next growing company and opportunities, I thought I should take pause and share four things I have learned so far about being in career transition.

Adventures of a High School Educator, Part 2: Speaking to Young Entrepreneurs at the Webb School, an Independent High School

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I was extremely eager to learn about their two business ideas: one was a website for triathletes and the other was a personal branding consultancy by teens for teen artists.

Adventures of a High School Educator, Part 1: Meeting the Claremont Community

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

After sharing my personal business background and my inspiration for launching NFTE, I outlined the 12 things every young person should know about business.

NFTE Teacher Training -- The Key to the Replication of Entrepreneurial Education, Part 5: The Eleven Tips for Teacher Training

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

After 20 years these are the 11 things that we have learned about running an effective teacher training in youth entrepreneurship.

NFTE Teacher Training -- The Key to the Replication of Entrepreneurial Education, Part 4: The Teachers

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As I sat and listened, I realized that entrepreneurship is a way for people to tell their own stories, a reflection of themselves and what they are and have learned.