South Florida Business & Wealth July 2019: Students Offer Consulting Services

South Florida Business and Wealth July 2019: JA’s Entrepreneurial Students Offer Consulting Services

By Sally Ann O’Dowd
July 2019 Issue

From learning the ropes of supply chain management to studying the latest in big data, Geomani Brooks was not a typical high school graduate. His evening routine of researching companies likewise showed exceptional rigor for his age.

But such are the interests and habits Brooks developed during his two years in Junior Achievement of South Florida, as a junior and senior at South Broward High School. From there, he earned a 2018 summer internship at City Furniture, whose president, Andrew Koenig, is a JA board member.

“I was shadowing the global logistics team for two months,” recalls Brooks, who will enter his sophomore year at Broward College in the fall. “Each day , I would shadow a different person, and learn how they do things as individuals and as a team. It was amazing, how much went into sourcing fabrics; they were very aware of where they got products from and child labor laws. That was one of the first questions I asked them.”

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The Observer: JA World Uncorked

By Rachel Galvin
January 24, 2019

Within the JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion in Coconut Creek, something was stirring Saturday night, Jan. 19. It was JA World Uncorked, presented by Breakthru Beverage, and the place was abuzz with people sampling tasty tidbits and spirits to their hearts content.


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WPLG Local 10: Junior Achievement Hosts Career Day

WPLG Local 10: Junior Achievement Hosts Career Day for South Florida Students

Dillard High School students present school safety invention

By Parker Branton – Reporter, WPLG Local 10

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Students from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale presented their own school safety invention Friday as we near one year since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

The South Florida students are among those going one-on-one with industry professionals in hopes of getting a jump start at their future careers.

“To learn early and learn well is a recipe for success,” David Greenberg of Junior Achievement, said.

A total of 2,000 students from schools across South Florida got up close and personal with what could be their future career.

“Today, there’s about 40 exhibitors here from different industries talking about the jobs and things they can do,” Junior Achievement CEO Laurie Sallarulo said.

From local first responders to technology-based businesses, the program focuses on landing students with internships and training others to have skills to score a job.

“It is clear that they are clearly engaged. Someone came by and said to me, ‘Wow, these kids are really listening and are intense on what they are showing them,'” Sallaraulo said.

“It’s a really good experience to meet new businesses and new opportunities I’ve never knew of,” student Anthony McCaloa said.

While some students focused on exploring different fields, a group from Dillard High School presented their own invention called a DHSP Safe Block — an innovative tool to keep students and teachers safe during a threat.

“Me meeting with these people who are telling me what they’ve done, where they’ve been and how they’ve came to be helped me very much,” student Narrisa Noel said.

Junior Achievement officials said next time they are looking to do the career day over the course of two days instead of one as they continue to prepare the next generation of workers.

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Go Riverwalk Magazine December 2018: JA World Uncorked

Go Riverwalk Magazine December 2018: JA World Uncorked

“JA Is Brewing Up Something Special For Their 60th Anniversary”
December 2018 Issue

Junior Achievement of South Florida was founded locally in 1959 by the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club and is celebrating its 60th anniversary of training the next generation of business leaders, employees and consumers by educating students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.

An organization that exemplifies the tenants of Junior Achievement and has been a success for close to ten years is Funky Buddha Brewery.The brewery started out with small batch, hand-crafted beers and growing to become one of Florida’s most recognized and awarded breweries…

…It was a natural fit that Funky Buddha Brewery became involved with Junior Achievement’s premier annual event – JA World Uncorked, a Circle of Wise Women signature event.

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Lifestyle Magazine June 2018: JA Business Hall of Fame

Lifestyle Magazine June 2018: JA Business Hall of Fame

Where: Coconut Creek

What: Junior Achievement of South Florida raised more than $500,000 at the 30th annual JA Business Hall of Fame Awards, presented by Delta Air Lines. President/CEO Laurie Sallarulo congratulated the honorees and thanked supporters on behalf of the 50,000 students that JA serves each year.

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About the JA Business Hall of Fame

For 31 years, premier, high-profile event has honored & celebrated an outstanding group of business and community leaders who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and distinguish themselves as leaders in their industry and in the community. Each year laureates are selected by past honorees, making the award even more special as they are recognized in front of 400 guests at JA World. We also present the Melissa Aiello Character Award and the Huizenga Lifetime Achievement Award to outstanding individuals in the community.

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SFBW April 2018: Education to Employment

South Florida Business & Wealth April 2018: Education to Employment
How Junior Achievement of South Florida Empowers the Future’s Workforce

By Andrea Richard
Published April 28, 2018

Eight years ago, student Stefano Selorio began his professional journey, thanks to Junior Achievement of South Florida. It started when he was in the fifth grade and participated in JA BizTown program, which teaches youths how to run companies through hands-on role playing and handle their personal finances. BizTown resembles an indoor business hub with real companies, including BB&T, Lifestyle Media Group and Hoffman’s Chocolates.

“We owned little storefronts, and I was the CEO of Sports World,” Selorio says. “I was in charge of making paychecks, depositing them and hiring people.”

In the eighth grade, he participated in JA’s Finance Park program. He took on the character of a single father with three children, and he learned how to manage a household budget.  JA has a partnership with Broward County Public Schools that requires fifth and eighth graders to attend these programs.

In 11th and 12th grades, he did the JA Fellows program twice and learned how to create, build and develop a small company along with a team of roughly 15 to 20 students. The 8-month program is led by business mentors and culminates with a “Spark Tank,” where students present business pitches to investors. “We had advisers from JA, entrepreneurs and CEOs who came out and helped us with how to take products to market,” he says.

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Eye on South Florida March 2018: Annual Light Up The Night

Annual Light Up The Night Raises Funds And Awareness For Junior Achievement of South Florida

City of Coconut Creek, Florida—Junior Achievement of South Florida raised more than $30,000 at its recent 5th Annual Light Up The Night event held on Tuesday, March 13, at Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar in Boca Raton, FL.

Three outstanding couples were honored this year for their support to Junior Achievement. They were Ryan and Merideth Leeds, Mark and Sharon Warren, Steve Nudelberg and Michelle Esposito.

“It is a passion for both Michelle and myself to work with the kids Junior Achievement serves. They inspire to be entrepreneurs and are eager to learn. When you get to do what you love with the people you love, that’s what I call success,” Nudelberg said.

The evening also featured: food provided by Rapoport’s Restaurant Group (Henry’s, Deck 84, Burt & Max’s and Prezzo); fashion by Gent Row, Beyond Proper by Boston Proper and Kendra Scott; exotic autos from Excell Auto Group; music; and networking.

Many thanks to the sponsors, including IMI, EY, Capitol Lighting, Coastal-Pacific Wine and Spirits of California, Motiv8, On the Ball Marketing, WZZR Real Radio 94.3, iHeartRadio, Simply the Best Magazine and Eye On South Florida. Also thanks to the committee members: Junior Achievement of South Florida Board Members Chris Cavanagh, Jim Constantine, Alan Gross and Mitch Welin; honoree Ryan Leeds; and Casa de Montrecristo by Prime Cigar owner David Resnick.

“Our Light Up The Night is an effort for us to connect with businesses and leaders in the south Palm Beach County area. It’s was a tremendous fundraiser and opportunity to raise awareness of our three pillars of education – entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness,” said Laurie Sallarulo, President and CEO. “We were thrilled to honor these special couples for their dedication to our programs. Thank you to everyone who came to Light Up The Night!”

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SFBJ February 2018: Meet 2018 Business of the Year Honorees

Meet SFBJ’s 2018 Business of the Year Honorees 

By Mel Melendez
Published Feburary 26, 2018

The South Florida Business Journal takes great pleasure in announcing its 2018 Business of the Year Awards honorees.

Now in its 21st year, the awards program honors excellence in business across various categories, including by revenue, the H. Wayne Huizenga Startup Award, minority-owned, woman-owned and others.

“This is one of my favorite signature events, because it highlights many of South Florida’s winning companies,” Business Journal President and Publisher Melanie Dickinson said. “The editorial package is a valuable resource for our readers, as it illustrates how these companies achieved their success.”

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