Awards at the Entrepreneurial Institute

The 2006 Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Manny's TV & Appliances Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

James Conway
James Conway

Jim is the recipient of the annual Manny's TV & Appliances Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Jim was the first place winner in the 2006 Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute regional YES! Business Plan Competition.

Jim is a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, where he developed his business plan for "Conway Plumbing, Heating & Cooling" as part of his entrepreneurship class. Jim is tremendously focused on his goal of owning and running a business and has been working in co-op placements in the plumbing field for several years to learn both vocational and business skills. Jim absolutely conveys a great passion for plumbing.

Jim's business in plumbing has been inspired by his father, who specializes in heating system installation.  Jim plans to open his business at the earliest opportunity, and hopes to apply his entrepreneurial skills in that field. He also plans to mentor and support other apprentices as his business becomes successful.

Jim credits his success to great support from family, friends, classmates and teachers. He has learned a great deal in his entrepreneurship class and understands that it takes hard work and dedication to his trade to succeed in business. Jim's tremendously positive outlook and pride in his work, combined with dedication to success are keys to attaining all of his goals.


Andrew Jensen
Andrew Jensen

Andrew is the recipient of the annual Manny's TV & Appliances Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Andrew was a finalist in the 2005 Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute regional YES! Business Plan Competition.

Andrew and his twin brother Erik started their DJ and sound services company as high school freshmen. Andrew honed the business plan while a senior at Agawam High School.  Following the YES! Business Plan Competition, Andrew was awarded the Presidential Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and was accepted as a tenant in the Student Business Incubator at STCC. Andrew was chosen as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Massachusetts by the Small Business Administration for 2006 and participated in the Growing Up CEO program for selected young entrepreneurs, which is sponsored by Inc. magazine. Jx2 Productions recently completed the planning and management of a large two day conference at the MassMutual Center, as the business expanded to include event planning and management services.

Andrew is a remarkably focused young man. He attends school full time, manages his business and still finds the time to volunteer as a guest speaker and mentor to younger entrepreneurs. 

Andrew credits his success to his love of music, love of family and love of life. He has worked hard to achieve his goals and continues to build his dreams.


The 2005 Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Manny's TV & Appliances Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Jeffrey Amos
Jeffrey Amos

Jeffrey is the recipient of the annual Manny's TV & Appliances Young Entrepreneurial Scholars  Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Jeffrey was the first place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute regional YES! Business Plan Competition.

Jeffrey is a senior at Minnechaug Regional High School, where he developed his business plan for  Famous Amos Apiaries as part of his entrepreneurship class. Jeffrey is tremendously focused on his goal of owning and running a business and has successfully launched his apiary business.

Jeffrey's business in bees has been inspired by his father, who was a beekeeper earlier in life. Hearing stories about honey and the bees made Jeff interested, and inspired him to take classes with the Hampden County Beekeepers Association.  He has kept bees for four years, and has loved every minute of it.

Jeffrey plans to attend college where he will study chemical engineering, and hopes to apply his entrepreneurial skills in that field.

Jeffrey credits his success to great support from family, friends, classmates and teachers. He has learned a great deal in his entrepreneurship class and understands that it takes hard work and dedication to his trade to succeed in business. Jeff's tremendously positive outlook and great sense of humor, combined with dedication to success are keys to attaining all of his goals.


Ibtihaj Amatul-Wadud
Ibtihaj Amatul-Wadud

Ibtihaj is the recipient of the annual Manny's TV & Appliances Young Entrepreneurial Scholars  Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Ibtihaj was the second place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute regional YES! Business Plan Competition and went on to place third in the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship New England Regional Business Plan Competition.

Ibtihaj Amatul-Wadud was born in Springfield, MA December 11, 1988. She is 16 yrs. old and is 3rd youngest of 10 kids, with 5 brothers 4 sisters. Ibtihaj is called Ippy by her family and friends. She is a home-schooled student, currently a junior in high school and she loves to sew. Thanks to her mother, she has been sewing since the age of ten. Ippy presently has a job working at a community garden twice a week and is an assistant coach to her dad's track club three days out of the week. 

Ippy participated in the after school Excellence in Youth Entrepreneurship program at the Andrew M. Scibelli Enterprise Center, where she developed her winning business plan for Ippy's Islamic Fashions as part of the class. Currently, her business caters to women and girls, primarily focused on Islamic clothing, however she will make other fashions by request. All of her fashions are 'Custom Made to Fit You Right'!

The entrepreneurship class and running her own business has taught Ippy that owning and running a business is a lot of work, with tremendous rewards.

Ippy plans to attend college upon graduation from high school. Her participation in the YES! program, the business plan competition, the wonderful support she has received from her parents and teacher will provide her with unmatched experiences and skills as she continues her success long into her future.


The 2004 Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Bacon & Wilson P.C. Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Theresa Robitaille
Theresa Robitaille

Theresa is the recipient of the annual Bacon & Wilson Young Entrepreneurial Scholars  Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Theresa was the first place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute regional YES! Business Plan Competition.

Theresa is a junior at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, where she developed her winning business plan for Theresa's Treasures as part of her entrepreneurship class.

Theresa launched her business as a means to finance her dream of traveling to Australia as an exchange student this summer. The entrepreneurship class taught her that owning and running a business is a lot of work, with tremendous rewards.

Theresa plans to attend college upon graduation from high school. Her participation in the YES! program, the business plan competition, the wonderful support she has received from her parents and teacher, as well as her upcoming trip to Australia will provide her with unmatched experiences and skills as she continues her success long into her future.


Lindsey Shumway
Lindsey Shumway

Lindsey is the recipient of the annual Bacon & Wilson Young Entrepreneurial Scholars  Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Lindsey was the second place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute regional YES! Business Plan Competition.

Lindsey is a senior cosmetology student at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, where she developed her business plan for Lindsey's Salon & Day Spa as part of her entrepreneurship class. Lindsey is tremendously focused on her goal of owning and running a salon and day spa and has developed long term goals to make it happen. Lindsey intends to work in the salon business for several years following graduation and take business courses at the same time.

Lindsey credits her success to great support from family, friends, classmates and teachers. She has learned a great deal in both her cosmetology and entrepreneurship classes and understands that it takes hard work and dedication to her trade to succeed in business. Lindsey's drive and passion are keys to attaining all of her goals.


The 2003 Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Hasbro Games Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Joseph Willis
Joseph Willis

Joseph is a recipient of the Hasbro Games Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Joseph was the third place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute YES! Business Plan Competition.

Joseph is a graduate of Chicopee Comprehensive High School, where he participated in the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars entrepreneurship class. Joseph is the founder of Quick Fix, a treat bar that he created while in high school. He was happy to see his delicious bars sell out every time he made them.

Joe is a new tenant in the Entrepreneurial Institute's Student Business Incubator, where he will receive support, assistance and training to further develop and grow Quick Fix. His love of culinary arts and his determination to succeed combine to make him a successful young entrepreneur.

Joe presently attends Springfield Technical Community College, where he is studying Entrepreneurship. He hopes to be an inspiration to other students as he develops his Quick Fix business and continues his success as a young entrepreneur.


Erin Brunk
Erin Brunk

Erin is also a recipient of the annual Hasbro Games Young Entrepreneurial Scholars  Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Erin was the first place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute regional YES! Business Plan Competition.

Erin is a graduate of  Quaboag Regional High School, where her participation in the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars entrepreneurship class helped inspire her to pursue entrepreneurship as a career pathway. Erin developed her winning business plan for The Dance Corner as part of her entrepreneurship class. She also received the Accounting student of the year award in her junior year.

Erin now attends Westfield State College, pursuing a degree in business management. She hopes to increase her skills and continue her development as a successful business owner.


The 2002 Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

The Entrepreneurial Institute selects two students each year to receive the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars award. The students are selected by a committee for their outstanding performance in entrepreneurial studies and business achievements. They are recognized at the Western Massachusetts Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Dinner and receive a monetary award toward their further education or the startup of their business.

Katie Bielunis
Katie Bielunis

Katie is the recipient of the third annual Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Katie was the first place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College Entrepreneurial Institute and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship YES! Business Plan Competition.

Katie is a senior at Longmeadow High School, where her participation in the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars entrepreneurship class inspired her to launch Lancawear, a line of Longmeadow High School logo wear. Katie developed the fledgling business by partnering with classmates, educators and local business people to conduct a market analysis and then design, create and market her clothing products. The business not only generated a profit in its first year, it gave Katie a wealth of hands-on business experience.

Katie participated in the 2001 Women Business Owners conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and Fleet Bank. She impressed the group by giving an impromptu speech on role models and mentors.

Katie plans to attend college upon graduation from high school and pursue a degree in business. She hopes to increase her skills and continue her development as a successful business owner.


Tomas Black
Tomas Black

Tomas is also a recipient of the third annual Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Award. The award includes $500, which is to be used for post-secondary educational costs or as an investment in the student's business venture. Tomas was the second place winner in the Springfield Technical Community College Entrepreneurial Institute and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship YES! Business Plan Competition.

Tomas is a junior at Amherst Regional High School where he participated in the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars entrepreneurship class. He is also the founder of Massachusetts Youth Golf Organization (MYGO), a tax-exempt business to promote youth golf. Tomas started the business when he was just thirteen years old. He recognized the need for a venue for young people to play tournament golf just for fun, and created a business to meet that need.

Tomas is a new tenant in the Entrepreneurial Institute's Student Business Incubator where he will receive support, assistance and training to further develop and grow MYGO golf. His love of golf and his determination combine to make him a successful young entrepreneur.

Tomas plans to attend college upon graduation from high school and pursue a degree in business. He hopes to roll out a national model of his business and remain a lifelong golfer and successful entrepreneur.