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The University of Nebraska and Gallup found that more 55% percent of young people, ages 18 to 29 want to start their own business and that 5% had already started their own business. “To gain a further perspective on how important age is for starting a business, small business owners in Nebraska were asked about the age when they first thought about starting or owning their own business. What should not be surprising is that these first thoughts of entrepreneurship came to many at a relatively young age. Almost two-thirds (64%) first thought about starting a business when they were under 30 years of age.” The following companies were started by high school or college student entrepreneurs: Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Nike, Pizza Hut,, FedEx,, Hudl, and Popsey Cakes. 

Benson named Gold Standard School

SEP 27, 2021 / Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit with a mission to ensure every HS student in America takes a personal finance course by the year 2030, has awarded Benson Magnet High School its Gold Standard School award.

Montana State University researchers teamed up with NGPF to evaluate thousands of high school course catalogs and graduation requirements on the following scale:
  • Bronze Standard Schools offer some personal finance instruction in less than one continuous semester, often by embedding it into other courses (e.g. Economics).
  • Silver Standard Schools offer at least one semester of personal finance as a standalone elective OR offer a standalone personal finance course as one option among multiple that can fulfill a one semester graduation requirement.
  • Gold Standard Schools ensure all students take at least one standalone semester course in personal finance before graduation.

Outside the six states (AL, MO, UT, MS, TN and VA) that currently guarantee every high school student will take a personal finance course, researchers identified 1,591 Gold Standard Schools, Benson Magnet High School among them. You can see the entire state’s data on NGPF’s Got Finance? Map.

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is on a mission to ensure all high school students get guaranteed access to a full semester class in personal finance. has become the "one-stop shop" for more than 53,000 financial educators looking for high-quality, engaging curriculum to build the financial capability of their students. NGPF's curriculum, teacher professional development, and advocacy tools are provided at no cost to schools.


Angela Johanek
Academy Specialist
Robert Koneck-Wilcox
Academy Counselor
Erin Stubbe
Academy Lead Teacher - English




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