May 15, 2011

Society Notebook: They Mean Business

Wednesday was a night to celebrate Junior Achievement and its mission and the new inductees to the Maine Business Hall of Fame.

By Avery Yale Kamila
Staff Writer

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Bill and Bruce Chalmers, who own Chalmers Insurance Group, Brenda Garrand, who owns Garrand, and outgoing U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and Maine Sen. George Mitchell were all given the Laureate Award and inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame.

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Board member Steve deCastro of Key Bank, Chip Kelley of Key Bank and board member Darren Hulburt, of Maine Education Services.

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One of the things we chatted about was the organization's Titan Challenge for high school students, which attracted 60 teams this year.

"It's a computer simulation program that the kids run and they make business decisions," Sherman told me.

At the end of the daylong simulation, the team that is the most profitable wins and each team member is awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

"It's a terrific event," Langevin added.

He told me how his son, who formerly wanted to go into law enforcement, participated in the Titan Challenge. The event caused him to change his career aspirations, and now he plans to attend the University of Maine at Farmington to study recreation management.

"MEA testing has requirements around economics," Langevin told me, "which is part of the reason why demand (for Junior Achievement programs) is increasing. This is one of the long-term solutions to Maine's struggling economy."

This echoed what Junior Achievement volunteer and member of the midcoast regional board Kim Benjamin told me during the cocktail reception about the importance of the organization's age-appropriate curricula.

"In today's economy, it's never been more important to learn financial literacy," Benjamin said.

And when financial and business acumen mix with the proper inspiration, we have the makings of a future Maine Business Hall of Fame member.

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Third-grade students Kyle Bass, Evan Morgan, Sydney Kokos, Sarah Callahan and Samantha Brodeur of Wentworth Intermediate School in Scarborough presented their Junior Achievement work during the party.

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Cathy Wirth of H.H. Sawyer & Daughters and Ted Wirth of Diversified Business Communications.


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