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Tenth Annual Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

This annual competition administered by The Oakwood Schools Foundation thanks to the generosity of Irvin Harlamert, JD (OHS class of 1948), emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the experience of entrepreneurs.

The competition was first held in 2010 and is open to all students at Oakwood High School.  Prize money will be awarded. 

Important Dates:

TBD
January 31, 2019
March 6, 2019
March 20, 2019

Kick-Off Meeting 
Written entries due to OSF
Winners announced and invitations mailed
Awards breakfast for winners and their parents

WHAT IS AN ENTREPRENEUR?

The stereotypical profile of an entrepreneur—a male businessman who started his own company and has become extraordinarily wealthy—no longer applies.  Entrepreneurs are male and female, young and old, involved in both vocations and avocations.  Success is no longer defined largely by an accumulation of wealth, but can be measured in many other ways.  

Loosely translated, the French word “entrepreneur” could mean “entering into an undertaking to accomplish something.”  A far broader definition generally includes anyone who undertakes to create something.  So, an entrepreneur could be the lady from Dayton who teaches piano lessons in her home, or a person seeking public office through election by the people, or even a person of the clergy.  It could include the art major who became a portrait painter or opened an art shop, or an actor or a musician.  It could include lawyers, doctors, dentists, and other professionals.  It could, of course, include persons who enter into an enterprise whether or not they meet with financial success.

2019 COMPETITION ASSIGNMENT:  SHADOW AN ENTREPRENEUR

Spend at least half a day shadowing an entrepreneur and submit a written report about your experience.  Be creative; tap into original ideas and highlight your personal experiences and reflections.

The following entrepreneurs were shadowed for our 2018 competition and are NOT eligible to be shadowed in 2019:

10XTS
Em + Me
Less. Minimalism For Real.
Mile 2
Robert L. Deddens Law 

Baller Financial Group
Fidelity Orthopedic
Logos at Work
Next Level Golf
Salon Emerald

Be Happy Boutique
Gowns by Beartie
The Lorenz Corporation
Playcare Playground Specialists
Slate

CMAX
HCS Medical Billing
Lula Bell
Postable
Taylor Communications

ALL ENTRIES

Deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2019.   

On a cover sheet but NOT on every page, please identify your entry with the following information:

  • Your name and grade
  • E-mail address that you check regularly
  • Phone number
  • Name, title and address of entrepreneur
  • Essays are to be original.

Essays must have an introduction, supporting details, and a conclusion.
Essays must be at least 750 words and not more than 1,500 words.

Submit one copy to Mrs. Connell, Director, Oakwood Schools Foundation.

  • by email:  contact@oakwoodschoolsfoundation.org  (a confirmation e-mail will be sent)  OR
  • by mail:  P.O. Box 351, Oakwood, OH  45409   OR
  • hand deliver to:  Oakwood Board of Education office, 20 Rubicon Road, 45409

CONTENT AND SCORING

Your entry will be read by all members of our review committee and scored using the criteria below.   The more of these elements that you touch on in your essay, the higher your score.

10%     Introduction
 

Describe the entrepreneur’s business:

  • How long has it been operating?  What are its goals? 
  • Provide biographical, personal and professional background of the owner.
  • Focus on why they started the enterprise. 
50% Questions for the Entrepreneur

Prior to the start-up phase of the enterprise:

  • Main focus is to discover the sources of the idea of the enterprise.
  • Influences prior to the start-up phase which related to the ability to create the enterprise.
  • Experiences of the entrepreneur prior to the start-up phase which related to the enterprise going back while the entrepreneur was growing up.
  • Vocations or avocations of the entrepreneur prior to the start-up phase which related to the enterprise.

The start-up phase of the enterprise:

  • How did they get their idea?
  • Describe the motivation of the shadowed person.
  • Describe the planning done by the shadowed person.
  • Describe the outside advice received by the shadowed person.
  • Describe the financing developed by the shadowed person.
  • Describe the analysis of the risks of the enterprise in its beginning stages.

Additional questions which may help you answer the above items:

  • Does the entrepreneur like the subject matter?  Why?
  • Does the entrepreneur have a role model?
  • Did the entrepreneur ever work for another person? If so, did they like it?
  • Timing of the startup - - - too early or too late or great timing?
  • How much planning was done?  How much investigation was done?
  • What were the pitfalls?
  • What were the surprises?
  • What were the priorities of the entrepreneur?
  • What start up mistakes were made?  How did they correct them?
  • What did they learn from the mistakes?  Were the risks too much or too little?
  • Were the rewards greater or less than was expected?
  • What personal qualities were necessary?  (courage, determination, persistence, self-confidence, creativity, etc.)

After achieving permanent and lasting success:

  • Describe in detail what stage the enterprise became established and successful.
  • Have they worked hard or was it easy?
  • Was it harder or easier than they thought?
  • Do they still want to grow their enterprise?
  • Have they reached their peak?
  • Were there any additional start up enterprises which flowed from the original enterprise?
40% Your Conclusions

This is your opportunity to put forth your original thoughts regarding the experience shadowing the entrepreneur, with emphasis on the following elements:

  • What did you learn? 
  • What surprised you?
  • What impressed you?
  • What scared you? 
  • Had you thought about being an entrepreneur before this experience?
  • If you should ever become an entrepreneur, what would your dream endeavor for an enterprise be?

 

Good Luck!
We look forward to receiving your entry.
Deadline:  January 31, 2019

Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition
Provides valuable experiences for OHS students

 

Who is Irvin Harlamert?

  • Graduated from Oakwood in 1948
  • Attended Denison University for college
  • Ohio State Law School
  • Was a Municipal Court judge in Oakwood for 24 years
  • Has two sons and a daughter who graduated from Oakwood
  • Taught an entrepreneurship class at Denison University in 1987
  • Wanted to give back to the Oakwood Schools because of the education he and his children received – worked with OSF and Oakwood High School to create the Entrepreneurship Competition

What is the competition?

The annual OHS Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition, sponsored by OSF and generously underwritten by Irvin Harlamert, OHS ‘48, lets students imagine themselves as future business owners, inventors or philanthropists.

This annual competition emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the experience of entrepreneurs. Irv wanted to give back to the Oakwood Schools because of the education he and his children received.

Each student is challenged with shadowing an entrepreneur. The students will spend at least half a day shadowing entrepreneurs and submit written reports about their experiences. These reports are to be creative and highlight the student's personal experience and reflections.

The competition was first held in 2010 and is open to all students at Oakwood High School. Each year $5,000 in prize money is awarded.

2018 Competition

Twenty Oakwood High School students participated in the ninth annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition.  

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2018

20 Students Participate in 9th Annual Competition

Twenty Oakwood High School students participated in the ninth annual OHS Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition.  The annual competition, sponsored by OSF and generously underwritten by Irvin Harlamert, OHS ‘48, lets students imagine themselves as future business owners, inventors or philanthropists.

This annual competition emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the experience of entrepreneurs. Irv wanted to give back to the Oakwood Schools because of the education he and his children received.

Each student is challenged with shadowing an entrepreneur. The students will spend at least half a day shadowing entrepreneurs and submit written reports about their experiences. These reports are to be creative and highlight the student's personal experience and reflections.

The competition was first held in 2010 and is open to all students at Oakwood High School. Each year $5,000 in prize money is awarded.

2017

20 STUDENTS ARE WINNERS IN OSF’S EIGHTH ANNUAL HARLAMERT FOUNDATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

2017 Harlamert participants

In late March, 20 Oakwood High School students were awarded cash prizes totaling $4,380 in the eighth annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition. This annual contest, sponsored by The Oakwood Schools Foundation, thanks to generous support from Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48), emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of owning their own business. Participants in the 2017 competition were asked to shadow an entrepreneur for a day and submit a written summary that included a personal reflection.

Winner of the “Inspired” award and $270 each were: Bella Fiore (11) and Sophie Schnell (9). Winners of the “Innovator” award and $230 each were Charlie Almoney (10), Grace Almoney (9), Katie Connell (11), Rachel Dalrymple (10), Cole Eckerle (12), Elliot June (11), Maria Kisker (12), Maddie Plunkett (10), Connor Quigley (12), Isabella Severino (11), Megan Weeda (10), and Jimmy Wood (11). The “Creators” each took home $180 and included: Josh Amongero (10), Erin Brown (11), Allison Kordik (10), Jackson Mescher (10), Misty Rolling (12), and Rachel Thielen (11).

Dr. Kyle Ramey, Oakwood Superintendent, and Paul Waller, OHS Principal, were on hand for the awards, which were presented by Oakwood High School teachers Mitch Miller (Economics) and Michael Rado (Business).

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.

2016

21 STUDENTS ARE WINNERS IN OSF’S SEVENTH ANNUAL HARLAMERT FOUNDATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

2016 Harlamert participants

On March 31, 21 Oakwood High School students were awarded cash prizes totaling $5,250 in the seventh annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition. This annual contest, sponsored by The Oakwood Schools Foundation, thanks to generous support from Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48), emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of owning their own business. Participants in the 2016 competition were asked to shadow an entrepreneur for a day and submit a written summary that included a personal reflection.

Winner of the “Inspired” award and $350 each were: Connor Hart (11), Connor Quigley (11), Noah Teeters (11), and Maison White (10). Winners of the “Innovator” award and $250 each were Charlie Almoney (9), Katie Connell (10), Rachel Dalrymple (9), Jack Eifert (12), Emma Flanagan (12), Mick Geehan (11), Madeline Groff (10), Michaela Hayes (11), Allison Kordik (9), Elizabeth Ordeman (11), Mary Kate Vaughn (12), Brett Wedding (12), Megan Weeda (9). The “Creators” each took home $150 and included: Jean Baker (12), Kati Meyer (9), Isabella Severino (10), and Jimmy Wood (10).

Dr. Kyle Ramey, Oakwood Superintendent, and Paul Waller, OHS Principal, were on hand for the awards, which were presented by Oakwood High School teachers Mitch Miller (Economics) and Michael Rado (Business).

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.

2015

FIFTEEN STUDENTS ARE WINNERS IN OSF’S SIXTH ANNUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

2015 Harlamert participants

On March 26, 15 Oakwood High School students were awarded cash prizes totaling $3,800 in the sixth annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition. This annual contest, sponsored by The Oakwood Schools Foundation thanks to generous support from Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48), emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of entrepreneurs.

Participants in the 2015 competition were asked to shadow an entrepreneur for a day and submit a written summary that included a personal reflection.

Winner of the “Inspired” award and $400 each were: Jack Blattner (11), Ian Hayes (12), and Spencer White (12). Winners of the “Innovator” award and $250 each were Katie Connell (9), Emma Flanagan (11), Michaela Hayes (10), Elizabeth Ordeman (10), Kambrie Riddle (10), Kameron Riddle (12), Kayla Spitzmiller (9), and Noah Teeters (10). The “Creators” each took home $150 and included: Jean Baker (11), Zach John (12), Peyton Sawyer (11), and Mary Kate Vaughn (11).

Dr. Kyle Ramey, Oakwood Superintendent, and Paul Waller, OHS Principal, were on hand for the awards, which were presented by Oakwood High School teachers Mitch Miller (Economics) and Britt Platt (Business).

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.


2014

FIFTEEN STUDENTS ARE WINNERS IN OSF’S FIFTH ANNUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

2014 Harlamert participants

On March 27, fifteen Oakwood High School students were awarded cash prizes totaling $3,625 in the fifth annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition. This annual contest, sponsored by The Oakwood Schools Foundation thanks to generous support from Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48), emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of entrepreneurs.

Participants in the 2014 competition were asked to shadow an entrepreneur for a day and submit a written summary that included a personal reflection.

Winner of the “Inspired” award and $350 each were Jack Blattner (10), Zachary John (11), Reid Rupp (11) and Ryan Wood (10). Winners of the “Innovators” award and $225 each were Jean Baker (10), Will Gillingham (11), Erin Halleran (12), Ethan Hessler (12); Megan O’Connell (12) and Elizabeth Ordeman (9). The “Creators” each took home $175 and included Rocco Baker (12), Michaela Hayes (9), Danny Johnsen (9), Kristen Ramey (12), and Marc St. Laurent (11).

Dr. Kyle Ramey, Oakwood Superintendent, was on hand for the awards, which were presented by Mr. Harlament and Oakwood High School teachers Mitch Miller (Economics) and Britt Platt (Business).

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.

2013

FOURTEEN STUDENTS ARE WINNERS IN OSF’S FOURTH ANNUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

2013 Harlamert participants

On April 24, 14 Oakwood High School students were awarded cash prizes totaling $2,400 in the fourth annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition. This annual contest, sponsored by Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48) and The Oakwood Schools Foundation, emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of entrepreneurs.

Participants in the 2013 competition were asked to interview an entrepreneur and submit a written or multi-media presentation about the conversation that included a personal reflection.

Winner of the “Inspired” award and $400 was Ben Baker (10). Winners of the “Innovators” award and $220 were the team of Lindsay Stager (11) and Clare Miller (11), Reid Rupp (10), Kevin Pham (12), Kristen Ramey (11), and Olivia Ireland (12). The “Creators” each took home $150 and included Collin Pitzer (10), Colin McIntosh (10), Natalie Daniels (11), Sarah Geehan (11), Grace Geehan (11), and the team of Emma Chambers (12) and Rebecca Deitz (12).

Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo, Superintendent, was on hand to present the awards along with Mr. Harlamert, and Oakwood High School teachers Mitch Miller (Economics) and Britt Platt (Business).

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.

2012

NINETEEN STUDENTS ARE WINNERS IN OSF’S THIRD ANNUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

2012 Harlamert participants

On April 20, nineteen Oakwood High School students were awarded cash prizes totaling $5000 in the third annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition. This annual contest, sponsored by Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48) and The Oakwood Schools Foundation, emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of entrepreneurs.

Participants in the 2012 competition were asked to interview an entrepreneur and submit a written or multi-media presentation about the conversation that included a personal reflection. The winners and their parents were treated to lunch catered by Zach Weprin (OHS ’04), co-owner of Fusian restaurant, and Brittany Moore (OHS ’08), co-owner of Moore Dessert Please. Both Zach and Brittany talked about their experiences starting their own business.

Winners of the “Inspired” award and $500 included Natalie Daniels (10), Sarah Geehan (10), Rachel Ramey (12) and Emma Roll (12). Winners of the “Innovators” award and $350 were Sophia Cothrel (11), Matt Harlan (12), Christopher John (12), Kristen Ramey (10), Molly Reese (12) and Max Snyder (12). The “Creators” each took home $150 and included Corey Edwards (10), Olivia Ireland (11), Colin Mackintosh (10), Alex Marquis (11), Morgan Nandrasy (12), Dan Roll (12), Otto Shafer (12) and the team of Lindsey Stager (10) and Sierra Schumaker (11).

Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo, Superintendent, presented the awards along with Mr. Harlament, OHS Principal Paul Waller, and teachers Mitch Miller (Economics) and Britt Platt (Business).


2011

EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S 2ND ANNUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION A SUCCESS

2011 participants in Harlamert CompetitionThe Oakwood Schools Education Foundation congratulates the 19 Oakwood High School students who participated in the second annual OHS Entrepreneurship Competition. Sponsored by alumnus Irvin Harlamert (’48), the competition is his way to give back to OHS in appreciation for the education he and his children received. “Ten years out it would be a huge reward for me if some of the participants become entrepreneurs after being encouraged by this competition.”

This annual competition emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of entrepreneurs. This year, contestants submitted an essay or multi-media presentation about Sensible Risking. Students considered the pluses and minuses in taking specific risks, and how to balance those risks. Students were recognized for their participation at an Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 22. Several parents attended the ceremony in support of their students. Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo, Superintendent, presented the awards with Mr. Harlamert. Mr. Paul Waller, OHS Principal, and Business teachers Mr. Mitch Miller and Ms. Britt Platt congratulated the participants as they received their awards.

The “Inspired” prizes were awarded to the team of Andrew Chapman (’11) and Dan Edwards (’11), Michael Chifala (’11), Rachel Ramey (‘12), and Molly Reese (’12). These students received a $500 cash award for their entries. The “Innovators,” who received a $300 cash prize, were Joey Beach (’12), Grace Hahn (’12), Kevin Lee (’11), Morgan Nandrasy (’12), Allie Vanderburgh (’11), and Corey Weckerling (’11). The “Creators” were Grant Cothrel (’12), Olivia Ireland (’13), Ally Kern (’12), John Ostendorf (’11), Andrew Redden (’12), Brad Reynolds (’12), Duncan Richards Bailor (’11) and Otto Shafer (’12), and won $150 in cash. The Education Foundation thanks all of the students who participated in this year’s competition. We are grateful to Mr. Harlamert for his continued sponsorship and to Mr. Mitch Miller and Ms. Britt Platt for their assistance with the 2011 Entrepreneurship Competition.

The Education Foundation, a component of The Dayton Foundation, provides students with diverse and distinctive opportunities that go above and beyond the reach of the district’s normal operating budget. Pursuing its mission, “Enhancing Excellence through Philanthropy,” the Education Foundation provides significant annual support for quality initiatives, including teacher and administrative grants, scholarships, and special wish list items.


2010

OAKWOOD SCHOOLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION A SUCCESS

Judge Irv Harlamert talking to students

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover - Mark Twain, author

The Oakwood Schools Education Foundation congratulates the 15 Oakwood High School students who participated in the first Entrepreneurship Competition. Sponsored by alumnus Irvin Harlamert ’48, the competition is a way to give back to OHS in appreciation for the education he and his children received.


“Ten years out it would be a huge reward for me if some of the participants become entrepreneurs after being encouraged by this competition.”

Students submitted an essay or multi-media presentation about The Risks and Rewards of Being an Entrepreneur. They considered the value of entrepreneurship and learned about the characteristics of being an entrepreneur. Participants also examined the importance of leadership, strategy and the resulting personal consequences in relation to entrepreneurship.

Students were recognized for their participation at an Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 16. The top four “Inspired” prizes were awarded to Anna Deitz (’10), Rachel Ramey (‘12), Ben Roess (’10) and Adam Sobol (’11). These students each received a $600 cash award for their entries. The Education Foundation is grateful to all of the students who participated to make this new program a success. The Education Foundation also thanks Mr. Harlamert for his sponsorship and Mrs. Jamie Walker, OHS Business teacher, for her support and assistance with the implementation of the Entrepreneurship Competition.

The Education Foundation, a component of The Dayton Foundation, provides students with diverse and distinctive opportunities that go above and beyond the reach of the district’s normal operating budget. Pursuing its mission, “Enhancing Excellence through Philanthropy,” the Education Foundation provides significant annual support for quality initiatives, including teacher and administrative grants, scholarships, and special wish list items.