Walking Across the Bridge to High School with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

August 18, 2021

At Perry Middle School in Perry, Ohio, students’ transition to high school is marked by a unique ceremony: They walk across the bridge between the two buildings to symbolize their advancement from one learning environment to the next.  The district of 1,800 students started implementing entrepreneurship courses at the high school level six years ago. A g roup of teachers and administrators soon realized that younger students could benefit from a similar program.  “We talked…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Student Engagement, Student Success

Applying an Entrepreneurial Approach in Our Daily Lives

June 28, 2021

The Ice House program takes its name from an everyday problem facing the residents of Mississippi: summer heat. Today, getting ice is as easy as walking over to the dispenser in our kitchens. In the early 1900s though, customers made frequent trips to their local ice houses to buy ice in 25- or 50-pound blocks. Solving the problem of keeping food cold during sweltering Southern summers didn’t take a degree in rocket science—or much formal…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Summertime Lessons in Early Entrepreneurship

June 23, 2021

  Driving through residential streets at the height of summer, you’ll often see the hallmarks of youth entrepreneurship. These could be a lemonade stand, a lawn mowing crew, a babysitter at a playground.  For tweens and teens looking to earn extra money over the summer, these classic pursuits may not seem like anything special. But all it takes is a little reframing for them to start to realize that they’re engaged in the form of…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Student Engagement, Student Success

What Is Self-Directed Learning (and Why Do We Need It)?

June 16, 2021

  Children are innately curious—sometimes to the point where they overwhelm the adults around them with their constant questions. One can easily imagine that the old expression “Curiosity killed the cat” was first spoken by a parent who was tired of being asked “Why?” for the millionth time by a curious preschooler. This curiosity implies a drive towards self-directed learning. The desire to learn and explore is the driving force behind human development. It manifests…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset on the Path to Recovery

May 14, 2021

    Judy Raper never saw herself as someone whose entrepreneurial mindset would make an impact on her community. She might have pointed to her younger sister, a CEO, as the mover and shaker in the family.  Then Raper learned a new definition of entrepreneurship as the self-directed pursuit of opportunities to create value for others. She realized that by creating value for others, we empower ourselves. She realized that the Ice House training she…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Partner News, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Graduating as an Underdog Can Be a Good Thing

May 11, 2021

  Students earning their college diplomas this year face a sea of uncertainty. While hiring predictions are up from where they were in 2020, they are still not back to pre-pandemic levels. Hands-on internships were (and still are) limited. Job searches and interviews are virtual. It’s enough to make a new college graduate feel like an underdog — and that can be a powerful secret weapon. Over the past 25 years, ELI Founder & CEO, Gary…

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Categories: Human Flourishing, Human Potential

Pulling Students Off the Conveyor Belt Ride Through Life

May 6, 2021

Throughout the past eight years, Professor Lisa Banks has used the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program with more than 800 students at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. They always come away from her courses with information they will use in their lives. Even if they discover that they’re not a good fit for a career running their own business. Banks herself has lived out the definition of entrepreneurship as the self-directed pursuit of opportunities to…

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Categories: Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Student Completion, Student Success

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The Time Is Now, Read Our New White Paper, “Entrepreneurial Mindset Imperative”

April 13, 2021

  Download the White Paper Here   Im-per-a-tive (Noun): An essential or urgent thing; of vital importance Life today is filled with imperatives. Everything seems urgent and critically important in vying for our attention daily. As such, when we sat down to write our new white paper, we did not decide to call it the Entrepreneurial Mindset Imperative lightly. Between the pandemic, political strife, social strain, and massive changes in education and the workplace, the world…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential

Tips for Conveying Your Brand to the World

April 8, 2021

  Many years ago, a young boy named Clifton Taulbert had a rare opportunity to go to a circus in Jackson, Mississippi. It was a two-man road trip, just the boy and his relative and mentor, Cleve Mormon.  As Taulbert shares in the book Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur, the two bought their tickets, found their seats near the front of the circus tent, and dug into hot,…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Human Potential