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Farmers & Merchants Bank looking to sponsor local high school student

Farmers & Merchants State Bank is looking to sponsor a New York Mills high school student to attend BestPrep's Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) program this summer. MBV is an opportunity for students seeking career direction, students interested in starting their own business, or even students just interested in learning and meeting new people.

At MBV, students work in "companies" led by business professionals who help facilitate and mentor the students. Each company develops a product idea, splits into Marketing, Finance, and Operations teams, and writes a business plan. Students have the opportunity to listen to knowledgeable speakers on a variety of topics such as finance, ethics, marketing, and international business.

Students also participate in a mock interview, improve their networking skills and participate in breakout sessions led by industry experts. During MBV, students gain leadership, teamwork and presentation skills, while learning and meeting new friends. MBV also looks great on college applications or a resume.

MBV is hosted by the G.R. Herberger College of Business at St. Cloud State University July 11-16 and by the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at St. John's University July 25-30. The students stay in the dorms on the college campuses, experiencing college life first-hand.

Due to generous sponsors, such as Farmers & Merchants State Bank, students selected for MBV each receive a program sponsorship, and will only be responsible for a $125 registration fee (this fee increases to $175 after April 23). Additional financial assistance is available.

Interested students can obtain an application by stopping in at Farmers & Merchants State Bank, or by visiting the MBV program page at Please contact Emily Tohal, Minnesota Business Venture Associate, at 763-398-0090 ext. 230 or with any questions.

BestPrep is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing Minnesota students with business, career and financial literacy skills through experiences that inspire success in work and life.