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JA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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2019 Winner Announced!

Congratulations to the 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Noah Olson of Brothers Lawncare in Spooner, Wisconsin.
 
Noah OlsonBrothers Lawncare started when Noah Olson was mowing his grandmother's yard and a man pulled up to ask if he was in the landscaping business. From that moment on, Noah and his company were in business – picking up new clients, maintaining relationships, assuring quality, adding new services and discovering the realities and challenges that come along with operating your own small business. 
 
Brothers Lawncare offers traditional lawn services but as Noah's clients began requesting more, Noah continued to add to his list of offerings including bagging, mulching, striping, seeding, fertilizing and landscaping. He's expanded his business beyond the summer season by adding snow removal services to the roster as well. 
 
While his services continue to expand, what's made the biggest difference for Brothers Lawncare is the commitment to customer service. He knows that a little goes a long way when it comes to communicating with clientele and that having a friendlier, less intimidating and attentive business will pay in the long run. And Noah doesn't anticipate the business slowing down anytime soon. This spring, he will continue construction on a new shop. He's also looking to add an employee, expand his clientele and build the business into a larger brand.  He also looks to continue his community outreach in new ways.
 
Noah Olson's Video Submission:

Eligibility:

You must meet the following requirements:

  • Any student (grade 5th -12th) who is a legal resident of the United States and the State of Wisconsin who is currently enrolled in a primary, middle or high school (public, parochial, private, virtual, or home school).  Applicant does not need to be a JA student.  
  • Owner(s) or manager(s) of a private or public company. Business may be seasonal and must have been in operation since April 4, 2018.  Multiple owners will equally share the scholarship/cash prize.  The business must have been created by the applicant(s), whom must have had continuity of ownership/management throughout the existence of the business.   
  • You are not a previous winner of this award.

Award and Recognition:

One winner will receive a scholarship or cash prize of $1,000.  Winner will also be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony.  Scholarships may be applied toward expenses at any (post secondary) educational institution.  Financial awards will be mailed directly to the institution in the award recipient's name. Finalist videos will be promoted and shown on the JA of Wisconsin You Tube Channel. Additionally, the winning applicant will be featured on the DPI Young Entrepreneur of the Year webpage.

Judging Criteria

A winner will be chosen based on business success, growth potential, and social involvement. The selection committee also considers the entrepreneur's age when the business was started and any special challenges that had to be faced, strategic direction, innovation, personal integrity, and leadership.

Application Process

2019 Application Process Closed.

Please include all application materials. The application can be emailed, faxed or mailed to:

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
Attn: Young Entrepreneur of the Year
11111 W. Liberty Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53224

Email: hpausma@jawis.org

Fax: (414) 577.3872

Winner will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony on April 4, 2019. 

View the 2019 application form


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Former winners of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

2018 Winner Charles Rose / Action Asphalt Maintenance / Wausau
2017 Winner Laney Hughes / Shallocat / Westin
2016 Winner Natalie Abbott / West Hill Honey Company / Chippewa Falls
2015 Winnner Andrew Pfluger / AMP Hobby / Green Bay
2014 Winner Carter Drake / Dreamscape Landscaping / Fort Atkinson
2013 Winner Luke Eisner / Luke Eisner DJ & Lighting, LLC / Greenfield
2012 Winner Austin White-Peony / Mad Town Phone Sales / Fitchburg
2011 Winner Candace Wetter / Edge of Town Dairy / Stitzer
2010 Winner Christine O'Neil / Pumpkins with Perspective / Saukville
2010 Winner Matt Meis / Meis P.C. Solutions / Stevens Point
2009 Winner Allison Loderbauer / ABC Balloons / Appleton
2008 Winner Casey Profita / Ace Clothing Industries / Salem
2007 Winner Zach Vruwink / Zach's Computers / Wisconsin Rapids

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