Great Lakes

600 Students Make New Connections, Upgrade Skills at 2018 Illinois Leadership Conference

On Wednesday, October 24, more than 600 VE students gathered in Elmhurst, Illinois for the 2018 Illinois Leadership Conference. This dynamic, interactive event provided students with opportunities to network, practice for upcoming competitions through a “VE Challenge” session, business ideas … Continue reading

Timothy Christian High School and Park Place of Elmhurst Enter Third Year of Partnership, Enabling Retired Business Leaders to Mentor Illinois VE Students

The 2018-19 school year marks the third year of a unique partnership between Timothy Christian High School’s VE program Core, Inc. and Park Place of Elmhurst, a continuing care retirement community in the western Chicago suburbs. Retired business professionals and … Continue reading

2018 Great Lakes Conference and Exhibition Recap

Friday, February 2, 2018 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Chicago, IL Key Stats 860 Total Attendees 39 Schools 60 Firms 800 Students 30 Volunteers Competition Results Results for top teams in Advanced Website, Basic Website, Best Booth, Impact Marketing, Marketing … Continue reading

WGN Radio: “These Entrepreneurs are Banking on a Virtual Business Future”

WGN Radio’s Steve Grzanich discussed the upcoming Great Lakes Conference & Exhibition and more with Nick Chapman, VE’s President and National Program Director, on The Opening Bell. Interview Highlights Mr. Chapman spoke about what makes VE different from typical business or computer … Continue reading

2017 Illinois Business Plan Competition Recap

On Friday, December 8, 2017, eighteen VE firms competed in the 2017 Illinois Business Plan Competition held at Northern Illinois University-DeKalb Campus. The following six firms advanced to the final round: Clever Contraptions, St. Charles East High School Core, Timothy … Continue reading

2017 Illinois Student Leadership Conference Recap

Article submitted by Maddie Schaafsma, CMO of Core, Inc., Timothy Christian High School On Thursday, October 5, the average person walking into Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus would have seen hundreds of teenagers gathered together and talking. These teenagers were … Continue reading

2017 Great Lakes Trade Show Recap

On Friday, February 3, 2017, 59 VE firms, including 800 students and facilitators from Illinois and Michigan traveled Chicago, IL for the Annual Great Lakes Trade Show. Key Stats 805 total attendees (740 students) 38 schools 59 firms 45 volunteers 14 … Continue reading

Cary-Grove students to compete in virtual business contest – Chicago Daily Herald

A group of Cary-Grove High School students learning real-world business skills through a virtual entrepreneurship class will compete in a national competition this spring. Source: Cary-Grove students to compete in virtual business contest

670 Students Attend 2016 Illinois Leadership Conference

On October 25, 2016, 33 Illinois VEI firms met at the Northern Illinois University-Naperville Campus to learn how to successfully run a VE firm. 670 VE employees had an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers Abhi Rajmane and Nic Zito … Continue reading

2016 Illinois Business Plan Competition

On December 2, 2016, nineteen firms competed at the 2016 Illinois Business Plan Competition held at Northern Illinois University-DeKalb Campus. The competition consisted of firms submitting a written business plan for evaluation and an oral presentation to a panel of … Continue reading