Great Lakes

2019 Great Lakes Conference & Exhibition Recap

Great Lakes Conference & Exhibition Friday, February 1, 2019 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL Key Stats Student Highlights Photos Social Media Contest Winners Participant Quotes Sponsor Thank You Key Stats 800 total attendees 750 participating students 43 firms … Continue reading

WBEZ News: “Student Entrepreneurs Run Businesses In Virtual World”

On February 4, 2019, Chicago’s WBEZ radio broadcasted a report about the 2019 Great Lakes Regional Conference and Exhibition, which happened on February 1. Several students were interviewed about their businesses and their experiences with VE. “I’ve had a huge … Continue reading

The Daily Herald: “Suburban students to compete in regional virtual business conference”

The 2019 Great Lakes Regional Conference and Exhibition, which took place on February 1, was featured in a Chicago news publication on January 31, 2019. The number of schools in the Great Lakes region has increased considerably in the last … Continue reading

2018 Illinois Business Plan Competition Recap

On Friday, December 7, 2018, 100 students from 12 schools participated in the 2018 Illinois Business Plan Competition Recap hosted at Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb Campus. Competition Results 1st Place – Unwind, Crystal Lake South High School, Crystal Lake, IL 2nd Place – … Continue reading

Michigan VE Students Reach New Heights at 2018 Michigan State Leadership Conferences at the Genesee Career Institute in Flint

From mid-to-late October to early November, 235 VE students from 23 schools across Michigan participated in the 2018 Michigan State Leadership Conferences at the Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. Students broke out into department-based groups for networking, hands-on activities, professional … Continue reading

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