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2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ernst & Young, Junior Achievement, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will recognize a student in grades 5-12 for the 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame and Ernst & Young Regional Award Banquet. All finalists will be promoted on the DPI Young Entrepreneur of the Year page.

The 2018 winner, Charles Rose, from Wausau, is currently featured on the Department of Public Instruction Young Entrepreneur of the Year web page. His business, Action Asphalt Maintenance, specializes in seal coating, crack repair, pavement markings, and asphalt patching.

He started his business with the purchase of a small seal coat unit at the age of 15 and expanded with help from his parents. He has attended professional learning opportunities, given back to his community, and even hired part-time workers.

The application lets candidates know that this year’s young entrepreneur of the year will be chosen based on business success, growth potential, and social involvement. The selection committee also considers the entrepreneur's age when the business was started, any challenges that were faced, strategic direction, innovation, personal integrity, and leadership.

Applications are due February 22. For more information, including access to the 2019 award application, visit the Young Entrepreneur of the Year web page.