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Students & Parents

OBW is the only week-long business program in Ohio where high school students practice tackling real business-world challenges while having a real college experience!

 

 

 

Prepare for College

Have you wondered what it will be like to go to college? To live in the dorms? To meet new friends? OBW provides you with a fun opportunity to do just that, helping you to be better prepared for college. You will live on the beautiful campus of Ohio University and experience dorm life while working in university facilities. During free time, you will have a chance to explore student life with your new friends while participating in exciting activities throughout the week.

Prepare for Life

Have you thought about what you want to major in college or do for your career? Are you just not sure? Would  you like some time to explore and discover your interests? Or do you have a good sense of where you are headed and would like to experience working in the business world? OBW provides you with a strong foundation to be successful. Learn leadership and entrepreneurship skills directly from business pros! Work with your new “company” to develop a business and pitch your plan to a panel of “investors.”

Achieve Success

There is no doubt. Your week at OBW will be transformational. It will be personal to you—different for everyone. But there will be a spark, a new thought, an innovative idea, or a new direction that will change your life in some way. No matter what, you will be better prepared for college, better prepared for your future career, and ready to take on the world! Now is the time to open the door to your future. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current high school students
  • C+ or higher grade point average
  • Endorsement of high school teacher, counselor, coach, or administrator

 

Fee

$449 pays for all meals, housing, and materials for the entire program. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Please complete the Financial Aid form or contact the Ohio Business Week Foundation for more information. 


To Apply for OBW Simply...

  1. Complete the OBW application. Either submit a paper application or click the Apply Now button to submit an online application or to download a printable applicaiton.  

  2. Ask your parent/guardian and a school official to review the information and sign in the appropriate areas. If applying online, your listed school official will be receive an e-mail from the Ohio Business Week Foundation to gain their endorsement.

  3. Mail your application directly to the Ohio Business Week Foundation office. 

 

Application deadline May 31, 2018. 

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Testimonials

 

 

OBW Prepares Students for Life

OBW shows participants how to apply the concepts and skills they learned throughout the week in all areas of their lives long after they complete the program. Students need not show an interest in business to reap the benefits of OBW. 

 

Improved my self-confidence about my future ……………96%

Gained insight into my future career options ………………93%

Enhanced my ability to work in teams ………………………… 93%

Improved my leadership skills ……………………………………… 97% 

I have met so many people who have positively changed me and have learned how to be successful in both business and life.
— J. Lewis, Canton McKinley High School

College and Career Readiness

Gave me direction with course work and higher education..90%

Understand elements of effective business communication 95%

Enhanced my ability to work under impending deadlines…...90%

Understand what it takes to run a successful business…….…98% 

Learned networking techniques & business etiquette………...90%

Increased my understanding of marketing.....................………95%

I learned a lot, but more importantly, I DID a lot. Business is about doing and being a part of OBW has allowed to me to DO and not just learn.
— Y. Mkangara, Columbus Alternative High School

Making the Grade: Parents Give OBW an "A"

Overall education value of OB...................................................97%

Provided good role models........................................................94%

Improved teen's understanding of budgeting and credit.…...95%

Increased teen's knowledge of planning & investing....…….…94% 

Taught principles of free enterprise system..................………...95%

Provided career and educational guidance...................………...90%

Improved participant's work ethic..................................………...92%

Learned techniques for meeting & influencing others....….....94%

Enhanced participant's communication skills...............………...92%

Provided career and educational guidance...................………...90%

Improved teen's leadership skills....................................………...90%

As both a parent and an educator, I cannot say enough about OBW! All three of my kids attended the program. The speakers, consultants and company advisors are outstanding! They impart real-world experience in business practices and personal finance.
— Mary Stiffler, London
When my son came home he simply and excitedly said ‘I want to participate in more programs like this!
— Andre Tyus, Columbus
OBW allowed my son to recognize the skills he already had and encouraged him to use them in a team setting. He came away empowered in public speaking, setting goals for career possibilities, and overall, a healthier self-esteem.
— Kimberly Fraley, Liberty Township
Two of my children have attended OBW. I cannot begin to tell you how great this experience was for my daughter! It has helped her grow in ways that we didn’t think would or could happen until she’d gone through at least a year of college. And she absolutely loved it!
— Cam Armstrong, Troy