Recognizing it as symptom of a deeper problem, Gac-Artigas believed the answer was to get parents more involved in the classroom. He founded Springboard Collaborative in to provide families with weekly summer reading workshops and training programs, as well as incentives such as books and Android tablets.
This summer, thanks to a contract with the Philadelphia School District, Springboard will reach approximately 1, students across 20 schools in two cities. He was also named one of Forbes' 30 under 30 and chosen as one of two national recipients of support from the Claneil Emerging Leaders Fund. In , feeling the pinch of the recession on the field inspection business he started with his mother, Jonathan Miller decided to save money by using less ink when printing documents. Taking matters into his own hands, he created Dimples, a software that produces unique perforation overlays or 'dimples' for fonts, curbing the use of expensive printer ink while causing the printed text to appear whole to the human eye.
Through a partnership with Saint Francis University in Loretto Millers' Alma mater , Dimples is installed on 3, campus computers and already leading to impressive results. Millers also hopes to serve the print industry, including newspaper and periodical publishers. Primarily self-funded, the company currently has sales in the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain, thanks to its international language support feature.
1. Expands the potential customer target market size
Relatively new to entrepreneurship, Miller leads a team of three including his mother in reaching out to the community for support and mentorship. Looking to the future, the company's main goal is to make money and reinvest in future generations. A balloon artist by the age of nine, Amber Liggett of Beaver County has spent the nine years since building a hobby into a successful entertainment company. In addition to learning how to create a business plan and invest profits back into her business, she developed bookkeeping and marketing skills, and expanded her business to include additional services.
With a desire to inspire others, she also regularly speaks to youth and fellow entrepreneurs locally and nationally. As a testament to her business achievements and dedication to the community, Liggett has been recognized with countless awards and honors, including the Beaver County Rising Star Award Winner, Black Enterprise Magazine 's Teenpreneur of the Year award and The Root's Young Futurist. Last fall she also received an honor from the Josh Gibson Foundation for her outstanding contributions to the community in the field of business.
In addition to pursuing a double major in Meteorology and Oceanography and a minor in math, she plans on taking her business on the road to Lancaster County. While she admits to not having it all mapped out yet, she says her five- to year plan is to have more people working for her, and to offer franchising opportunities. But it wasn't until five years ago that he actually got involved in the window industry. After familiarizing himself with products and trends at Interstate, Son had a vision to create a cutting-edge smart window and decided to venture out on his own.
Today, as CEO and Founder of Vitrius Technologies in Wilkes-Barre, he leads a small team, producing windows that generate heat, while also increasing the overall energy efficiency of the building.
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