Building Futures...Inspiring Dreams


The 35,000-square-foot Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Center at 4090 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, will serve both as the regional staff headquarters and will house three experiential labs for students across West Michigan: Fox Family JA BizTown, Karl & Susan Hascall JA Finance Park, and the Haworth JA Entrepreneurship Incubator.

Over 20,000 students and adults from across West Michigan are expected to visit the center each year.

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes broke ground on September 30th, 2020 on the new Free Enterprise Center. This facility is being supported through contributions made as part of the Building Futures...Inspiring Dreams campaign (donors to this campaign are listed below). Recently surpassing the $10M milestone, we are currently 76% of the way toward our $12.9 million goal. If you or your company would like to support this educaitonal opportunity for students in our region, please contact Bill Coderre at or Jay Ediger at

The Fox Family JA BizTown experience starts with 12 classroom learning sessions for 5th and 6th graders. Students learn how the economy operates and how to interview for jobs. They then step into their roles as employees, citizens and consumers during a full-day simulation at the JA Free Enterprise Center.

Karl & Susan Hascall JA Finance Park teaches financial independence skills to 8th through 12th grade students. Students spend 12 classroom sessions preparing for the experience. Their day at JA Finance Park involves an assigned career and family scenario, providing students the opportunity to create and follow a personal family budget.

The JA Free Enterprise Center also will be the home of the new Haworth JA Entrepreneurship Incubator afterschool program, where business leaders will mentor high school students. Students will develop a business plan and execute it. They will learn the critical components of running a successful business, including financing, sales, business operations, marketing, customer service and more.

Erhardt Construction is the general contractor for this project, Integrated Architecture is providing architectural services, and Kennari Consulting is advising the fundraising component.


Tom & Mickie Fox


L.J. "Midge" VerPlank

Kraig & Mary Klynstra

Frey Foundation

Meijer, Inc. & Meijer Foundation

Spectrum Health Hospital Group - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation

Wolverine Worldwide Foundation

U.S. Signal

Independent Bank

RDR Inc.

Jamie Mills & Jim Nichols

Gary & Peg Novosad

Paul & Cathy Boyer

Kennari Consulting

Mike & Betsy Price

Ron & Karen Modreski

Ernst & Young LLP

Jim & Lori Swoboda

Priority Health

Michael & Sherryl Despres

Brad & Cindy Haverkamp

Don & Mary Grimes

Matt & Julie Smith

David B. Hensch Capstone Scholarship Fund

Accuserve Corporation

Robert Brazda

Jeffrey S. Carter

Jay & Annette Ediger

Marti Lolli

Edward & Kristin Meyette

Jim & Tara O'Laughlin

Blake & Katie Phillips

Jason Bomers

Robert & Jill DeGroot

Jeff & Karen Goudie

David F. Lawrence

Bill & Colleen Roth

Aaron & Sarah VanSoest

Commtech Design

Scott Fiser

Rhonda & Matt Huismann

James G. Bos

Robin Kleinjans-McKee

Brian Kloostra

Gary & Susan Milligan

Michael & Becky Bryson

Karl & Susan Hascall

Mark & Cathy Bissell & Bissell Corporation

John & Nancy Kennedy

Don & Jodi Heeringa

State of Michigan Appropriation - MEDC

Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation

Shape Corporation

The Sebastian Foundation

Bill & Cheryl Coderre

Lion Rock Charitable Trust

Wendell & Helen Christoff

Erhardt Construction

Jim & Judy Zawacki


Steve & Betsy Carlson

Sorota Family

EQI, Ltd.

Matthew & Kristy Becker

Laurie Beard

Sandi Frost Steensma

Advantage Benefits Group

Brad & Gayl Kessel

Greenleaf Trust

Mark & Susan Walkotten

Dave & Sarah Faber

Greg Hahn

John Haines

Bob & Barbara Herr

Troy La Huis

Kristy Rempalski

Sandy Cilek

Ron & Lori Foor

Henry Mast

John & Missy Meighan

Ray & Tami Reitsma

Shanna Reynolds

Williams Group

In Memory of William & Marylou Coderre

Bob & Janet Kaminski

David & Lori Pendleton

Greg & Amy Cammell

Kim Baber

Brook Behm

Chuck & Kim Christmas

Dave & Dori Couvreur

Krista Flynn

Bill and Clova Hardiman


Jandernoa Foundation

Eileen DeVries Family Foundation

JC & Tammy Huizenga

The Pranger Family Foundation

Don Wood Foundation

Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga

Richard Haslinger

TCF Bank

Mercantile Bank

Michael & Christina Rosloniec

The Worthington Family

Lambert Edwards

Integrated Architecture

Jim & Mary Krzeminski


Mike & Kathy Lloyd

Sarah Mezwicki

Paul & Tracey Van Hoof

Joe & Rita Tomaszewski

Ag Business Solutions – Rick Blauw

Christopher & Elizabeth Rushton

Jim & Teresa Nicholson

Cynthia Kay

Mark Lardieri

Vicky Ludema

Steve & Mary Nagengast

John Maynard

Sheryl & Michael Vander Baan

Mike Volk

Lea Ammerman

James & Catherine Hensel

Paul & Suzanne Keep

Gregg Peters

David & Diane Spieker

Anonymous Gift (from Crowe Employee)

Lance Erickson

Randall L. Hartgerink

William Knibloe

Kim Kvorka

Barbara Nan Schichtel

Ray Vanderweele

Doris Worthington

Chuck Maniaci

Teddy Summers

Debra Warwick