Equipping the next generation of small-business owners with an advantageous start, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) awarded five young adults college scholarships at Small Business Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday.
Before an audience of over 200 members and legislators, all five winners came to the stage to accept their scholarship awards that were presented by Molly Young of the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.
Two of the winners hail from the Pocono region. Matt Poloway started Matt’s Lawn Service when he was just 13 years old, with one lawnmower and one client. Now he has 16 clients and equipment, including a truck and trailer.
Jasmin Leath, who started making jewelry in middle school for a fundraiser, runs a business called Fashion by Nina, complete with its own website.
Caitlin Wismer, who owns Crafty Caitlin, lives in Somerset County. With a wide variety of items for sale, she has posted and maintained a blog complete with how-to information.
The final two winners are York College of Pennsylvania students Courtney Haley and Joel Kopenhaver. They are the beneficiaries of a scholarship established by former NFIB board member and York business owner Dick Reinhart, who has also served on the York College board.
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