Walmart Cambridge/BestPrep team up for students

Walmart is teaming up with BestPrep, a 36-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping students be career bound and work ready, to offer scholarships for students interested in attending this summer’s Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) program.

Walmart is providing full-ride sponsorships for two students from Mora, Braham, North Branch, Cambridge-Isanti High School or Cambridge Christian School to attend the unique educational experience. MBV is the perfect opportunity for students seeking career direction, interested in starting their own business or meeting new people.

At MBV, students in grades 9-12 work in small groups led by business professionals, who help facilitate and mentor the group. Students have the opportunity to listen to knowledgeable speakers on a variety of topics such as finance, ethics, marketing, and international business. Each group develops a product idea, and the students split into Marketing, Finance, and Operations teams to create a business plan.

Students participate in mock interviews, improve their networking skills and attend breakout sessions led by industry experts. During MBV, students gain leadership, teamwork and presentation skills, all while meeting new friends. MBV also looks great on college applications and resumes.

“Walmart strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in our communities,” said Cambridge Walmart store manager Grant Wilsey. “Minnesota Business Venture is a great opportunity for our local students to get a jump start on their future. MBV helps the students learn about future opportunities, build teamwork skills and manage their money. We are proud to partner with BestPrep in this experience.”

MBV is hosted by the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University (July 8-13) and by the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at St. John’s University (July 22-27). Students stay in residence halls on the college campuses, experiencing college life first-hand.

Due to the generous Walmart sponsorship, the selected students will be able to attend MBV at no cost. Interested students can obtain an application and sponsorship information by contacting BestPrep at mbv@bestprep.org or 763-233-6325. Other students may also register with a $125 participation fee if submitted by April 20. After that date, registration cost increases to $175. BestPrep expects 400 students to attend one of the two sessions this summer.

BestPrep is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing Minnesota students with business, career and financial literacy skills through experiences that inspire success in work and life.

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