PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Arizona chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America has named Peter J. Burns III as its Businessperson of the Year in recognition of Burns’ effort to encourage the teaching of entrepreneurship at area colleges.
“Peter founded the Institute for Entrepreneurship and then licensed the country’s first College of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University,” said Ryan Hamilton, the Director for the Arizona chapter of the FBLA. “In recent months, Peter has worked closely with our chapter to create scholarships to attend the College of Entrepreneurship. We’re excited that he now wants to extend those scholarship opportunities to the FBLA at the national level.”
The IfE’s current arrangement with the Arizona chapter of the FBLA includes across-the-board scholarships of $2,500 to any FBLA graduate, plus a stipend of $500 to their FBLA teacher and a $500 donation directly to the local FBLA chapter, for every student matriculating to the College of Entrepreneurship.
“This has been a wonderful pilot with the Arizona chapter of the FBLA,” said Burns. “It is now time to make a similar offer at the national level.”
The IfE has an active endorsement for its entrepreneurship curriculum in Hamilton, who has enrolled in the newly created Certificate of Entrepreneurship Program being offered at the College of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University.
“This new program exemplifies how we are willing to create new opportunities for students and other professionals,” said Burns, “to follow their dream of being an entrepreneur.”
About the Future Business Leaders of America
The FBLA is a nonprofit organization that prepares students for careers in business and business education. Its 250,000 members and advisers in 15,000 chartered chapters include students from the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Guam, the Cayman Islands, and Europe. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. To learn more, see FBLA’s Web site at www.fbla-pbl.org or call (800) FBLA-WIN.
About the Institute for Entrepreneurship
The Institute for Entrepreneurship helps bridge the gap between a great business idea and successfully operating in the business world. The founders of the Institute are revolutionizing entrepreneurial education, wedded to the belief that every person on the planet is a budding entrepreneur. The Institute also believes that it is up to existing entrepreneurs to facilitate the transformation of the next generation of emerging entrepreneurs. While there are some schools that purport to teach students some of the skills needed to start a business, little or no help is offered to assist the student in actually starting a real business upon graduation. Most business schools instruct students in theory and prepare graduates for on-the-job-training at existing companies. Our founders knew that what is needed is a program that prepares students to be entrepreneurs and start their own businesses upon graduation. To learn more, see IfE’s Web site at www.instituteforentrepreneurship.com.
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