April 2014 NewsFlash

Unique PA Program Celebrating Business!

Unique PA Program Celebrating Business!

If you haven’t heard, there is a truly unique and wonderful program that has been operating in Pennsylvania for the past thirty-five years designed to teach our high school students why “free enterprise” is key to the American way of life. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), internationally-acclaimed for its excellence, will graduate more than 2,000 students this coming summer with a vastly improved understanding about how free markets operate and what the challenges are that face all American companies, particularly those located in Pennsylvania.

Each summer, PFEW holds five, one-week individual sessions in July and August. The focus of the week is to group the participants (strangers at first) into “management teams” of senior executives who have inherited imaginary “companies.” These teams, under the guiding hands of an “executives-on-loan,” called Company Advisors, operate their firms for a computer-simulated three-year period of time. To add a sense of reality, they are competing against two other student “companies” manufacturing and distributing the same product. Each day’s activities include four to five presentations from world-class business people from a list that reads like who’s who in Pennsylvania. The students hear about: Business and Finance, the Role and Relationship of Business and Government, Taxation, Business Ethics, Labor Relations, and much, much more. Is it effective? Said Sarah Minor from Coudersport Area Junior/Senior High School in Potter County, “I can tell you honestly that this was one of the most incredible opportunities that any young man or woman could ever possibly dream of having! PFEW not only promises amazing speakers and an amazing experience, it delivers on all of its promises 100%! It really was an indescribable honor to be a part of PFEW and I recommend it to any teenager, even if they aren’t interested in business. I will carry these memories forever!”

The Chamber is proud to support PFEW to give our local students an eye-opening experience like Sarah described. We encourage our local companies and civic organizations to provide sponsorships for our students and, if possible, volunteers for the sessions. Every student attends PFEW on a fully tax-deductible $525 scholarship (the actual value of the scholarship exceeds $1,500) which is provided by a local firm. PFEW is also an approved organization through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

If you would like to learn more about this award-winning program and how you can help, you can visit their website at or contact John Trombetta, President of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education at (814) 833-9576 ext. 106 or e-mail him at PFEW is open to all current sophomores and juniors in Pennsylvania and information on attendance, as well as program applications, can also be found on the website. Questions can be directed to Ms. Amber Goss, Schools Assistant for PFEW, by calling her office at (814) 833-9576 ext. 103 or emailing her at

Picture Caption: A PFEW marketing team takes a “time out” from working on their television commercial scripts for their company’s product.

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