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Harvey Students Excel at ECITY

On Wednesday, 17 Harvey students participated in the annual ECITY Business Plan Competition at Lubrizol Headquarters. ECITY is a program partner with two non profit organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU). ECITY helps teens develop an entrepreneurial mindset and acquire financial capabilities by learning how to create business plans and conduct market research using the award-winning Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum. The ECITY program is taught by Harvey High School business teacher, Ms. Nell Rapport. The students each spent months developing business plans for new products or services. These plans included a product design, marketing, a mission statement, and a financial plan. The judges for the 2018 Harvey High School ECITY Business Plan Competition were: John Gadd (Hotcards), Linda Reed (Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce) and Beth Debevc (Debonne Vineyards )
1st place Taison Tran - Pocket Pals, mentor, AL DiFranco, Junior Achievement of Cleveland

2nd place Kevin Heintz -String Things, mentor Mike Sturdevant, President and Chief Engineer, Virtec Enterprises 

3rd place - Diana Lopez - Happy Hair, mentors Anita Walters CEO, Lake County Educational Federal Credit Union and Tia Lawrence of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio
Taison Tran and Kevin Heintz will advance to the Ernst & Young, Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. This event will feature 1st and 2nd place winners from all of the ECITY programs in the area. Harvey students have won Young Entrepreneur of the Year 8 out of the past 10 years. Three out of the past five years we placed 1st and 2nd. 
The  Ernst & Young, Young Entrepreneur of the Year event will be May 16th at the Ernst and Young Offices in downtown Cleveland.
We would like to give special thanks to Mary Jane Sanders of the Lubrizol Corporation for sponsoring the Harvey High School ECITY Class Business Plan Competition.
Painesville City Local Schools also greatly  appreciates  the individuals who dedicated many hours mentoring the ECITY students this year:
Al DiFranco Program Director Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland
Paul Catalano Mortgage Loan Officer Home Savings Bank
Karen Fagnilli CEO, Co-Founder The Lakehouse Inn
Jim Federico President/Owner Federico Tire
Marcia Gabriel Business Process Analyst Lubrizol
Bob Kehres Plant Manager Federal Hose
Lisa Keller Owner Water Extraction Team Inc.
Trisha Johnston President Parkem Media
Tia Lawrence Director of Programs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast OH
Jim Levine Owner Express Employment
Shannon Majewski Community Coordinator Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast OH
Mike Martin Pastor 1st Church of Christ
Douglas Mekinda Branch Officer Dollar Bank
Joe Michalski Partner NMS CPAs
Mary Jane Sanders Community Specialist Lubrizol
John Simon Management Trainee Cintas
John Smith Director, Sports Medicine Lake Health
Mike Sturdevant President, Chief Engineer Virtec Enterprises
Anita Walters CEO LCE Federal Credit Union