ENM Chamber member New Market Bank has signed on to sponsor a local Elko New Market, Lakeville, or Prior Lake high school student for BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) career and leadership summer camp. The student will be selected to receive a full sponsorship for the program covering all camp expenses, such as room and board and all program materials and activities.

MBV is a week-long residential program that provides high school students with real-world skills, offering a rare opportunity to learn about career options, develop financial literacy and workplace skills, and cushion their resumes for college applications. At MBV, students from across Minnesota work in small teams led by business professionals who mentor the group and facilitate activities. Participants learn about marketing, business, money management, ethics, and career preparation.

Throughout the week, students partake in mock interviews, meet with a financial planner, improve their networking skills, and attend breakout sessions led by industry experts. The variety of activities help students develop leadership, teamwork, and presentation skills, while meeting new friends.

“I’ve learned many life lessons that will help me pursue my business career, such as opening myself up more, the importance of teamwork, and that business is changing and evolving every day,” said former-MBV participant and Lakeville South High School student, Chase Reiter. “I would recommend this camp because it’s been very useful.”

Minnesota Business Venture is hosted at St. Cloud State University July 8-13 and at St. John’s University July 22-27. Applications are currently being accepted from Elko New Market, Lakeville, or Prior Lake high school students interested in attending MBV. Students or parents can obtain an application and sponsorship information by contacting BestPrep at mbv@bestprep.org or online at www.bestprep.org/mbvapp. Additional scholarships are available to students in need. BestPrep expects 400 students from over 100 high schools to attend one of the two sessions this summer.

About BestPrep

BestPrep is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life. BestPrep offers seven innovative programs including: Classroom Plus, Cloud Coach, eMentors, Financial Matters, Minnesota Business Venture, The Stock Market Game™, and the Technology Integration Workshop.  The organization has served more than 1.6 million students and teachers since its creation in 1976. For more information, visit www.bestprep.org.