$10,000 Awards & Scholarships



Presented by Innovation Champions 

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Community Partners Supporting JA Company Connection To Real World of Work Career Pathways In Business Management, Finance, Marketing, Sales & Technology

Expanding the JA NextGEN Entrerpeneurs' Challenge from a one-day end-of-the-year competition to a year-long youth entrepreneurship initiative has been a six-month project in partnership with The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Coastal Pet Products, Inc., Timken, Timken Young Professional Network,  Walsh University, startupStark!,  CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio Board of Directors, and the Junior Achievement Northeast Ohio Alumni Association.  


2018 JA Company of the Year - United States
Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio is proud to be represented by The United States JA Company of the Year Beelieve, from North Canton Hoover High School, at the 2018 National Student Leadership Summit. Learn More Here. 
All JA Company Teams can apply to the JA National Leadership Summit.  
Only 15 teams from across the nation are selected for this elite annual competition held in Washington, D.C. for a chance to win additional scholarships and prizes.
JA Company Bonus Prize Awards
1st Place - $750 Company Bonus 
2nd Place - $500 Company Bonus
3rd Place - $250 Company Bonus 
What To Expect – 4 Judging Criteria Areas
  • Annual Report – Judged Prior To Competition
  • Commercial – Judged Prior To Competition   
  • Tradeshow Booth - Limited to one 6-foot table
  • Live Presentation - Max 4 minutes

Total Score of all 4 criteria areas determines winners.


JA Company Employee of The Year Awards
One per company chosen by classroom teacher.
JA  Technology Awards - NEW!
$250 per company meeting award criteria.
In partnership with starupStark! to encourage innovation & technology systems to manage JA Company's smarter.

Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio believes in life long learning and encourages students to expand their education past high school. Our local office offers one-time awards to high school seniors who have participated in JA programs in Stark County, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties of Ohio. 




JA NextGEN Entrepreneurs' Challenge

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

at Stark State College Business & Entreprenuial Center 

6200 Frank Ave NW North Canton, OH 44720

JA Company Pitches From The Stage 9:20 am - 11:00 am
LUNCH & NETWORKING 11:00 am - 11:30 am
JA Company Trade Show 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Interactive Opportunity For Business & Community Members - Come meet and talk with the next generation of business leaders in our community.
Awards Presentation 12:50 - 1:20 pm

Guests Welcome to Attend All or Some Events As Your Schedule Permits.


Representing Lake, GlenOak, Marlington & North Canton School Districts

JA Educator Partners: Aja Tompot, Amanda DeFays, Scott Pittman & Mike Grady
JA Business Volunteer Partners: Roger Byran & Ken Brott, Joe Schnidel & Justin Leepley, Denise Sibole, Abigal Harrison, Joe Rozsa

View JA Company Commercials 

Aroma Wellness 
A corporate wellness business that provides its customers a solution to manage stress in their workplace. Their solution to combat workplace stress is through essential oils! They are featuring a Starter Kit that includes three 100% PURE essential oils, a premium diffuser, as well as replacement oil pads. Their natural oils can help solve problems such as tiredness, irritability, and stress, simply by just choosing different scents. This Junior Achievement business is working to stop teen suicide, which is an epidemic across America. With every wellness box sale, a portion of their profit will be going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Connect with this up and coming business on their social media platforms!
Contact Information: aroma.wellness.ja@gmail.com
Social Media: @AromaWellness @aroma.wellness 


Bats Around Town

Our business is creating homes for bats. We're making the houses out of pine wood, wire mesh, we are using screws to hold it together and torching for an eye-catching look and as a natural sealer against the elements. This helps promote a natural solution to the use of pesticides as the bats we're housing eat the pests that the pesticides are targeting.
Contact Information: batsaroundtown@gmail.com
Social Media: Twitter - @TownBats     Instagram- @bats.around.town     Facebook- Bats Around Town


Co.nnected is a social media management company and our goal is to create or redesign social media accounts for local businesses to attract new customers and increase the awareness of the business through Instagram and Facebook. Why waste your time running your social media when we can do it for you? Let's get Connected!
Contact Information: connectedlhs@gmail.com
Website: www.connectedlhs.com
Social Media: Twitter – @ConnectedSMM   Instagram- @connected.lhs   Facebook- Co.nnected


We make doormats that are able to be customized by using the laser engraver here at Hoover. Each customer may choose a word or phrase they would like included on the doormat as well as the option of four different fonts.
Contact Information: footprint2019@gmail.com
Social Media: Twitter - @footprintja     Instagram - @footprint.ja


MDRN Marketing
MDRN Marketing offers a fresh, innovative way to expand your business's market through the use of cutting edge promotional merchandise. By analyzing today's top trending products, we have crafted a list of classic and modern items that guarantee customer satisfaction. We offer high quality, customizable products for a price that cannot be beat.  
Company Contact: info@mdrn.markting

Social Media: Twitter -@MDRNMarketing     Facebook - @MDRNMarketing


Simple Starters Inc.
Simple Starters is a company that creates cards that initiate conversation between families and others. The cards we make are designed to engage everyone in meaningful dialogue that can be used to build relationships between the parents and their kids. So let's take one job of family dinners off your plate and help promote great dinner conversation!
Social Media: Twitter – @SimpleStarters     Instagram - @SimpleStarters


Skyline Custom Clothing 
Skyline Custom Clothing makes custom apparel that empowers personal expression at an affordable price. We offer an opportunity for individuals to create their own clothing line for themselves or for resale.
Contact Information: skylinecustomclothing@gmail.com to place an order.
Social Media: Facebook - SkylineCustomClothing Twitter - @SkylineCustomC1
Instagram- @SkylineCustomClothing


S.O.L.E Solutions (Save. Our. Living. Earth)
SOLE Solutions is an environmentally focused team that offers a solution to help reduce the amount of plastic waste by replacing everyday items with reusable products.
Social Media: Facebook - @solesolutions.ja  Instagram - @sole.solutions
Contact Email:Solesolutions.ja@gmail.com


At Stick'ems, our products are customizable stickers and decals.  We handmake our decals by cutting out the design with computer technology, then we piece the products ourselves to provide quality. We aspire to provide a unique experience to all of our customers with quality and customizability, all at a comfortable price.

Social Media Facebook - @stickemsja Instagram - @stickemsja  Twitter - @stickemsja


Here at TrueNorth we pride ourselves on help other remember a lasting location they have. We do this by putting map coordinates of their desired location onto one of our two product, a wooden home decor wall plaque and a stainless steel plated bracelet.
Company Contact: TrueNorthJA@gmail.com
Social Media: Facebook - @TrueNorth     Instagram - @TrueNorth_JA     Twitter - @TrueNorthJA