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Speck wins entrepreneurship award

BEMIDJI – Brendon Speck, a Bemidji High School senior, has been named the Minnesota winner of the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Award.

Speck is the founder/operator of Speck’s Lawn Care in Bemidji, specializing in landscaping services.

He plans to study mechanical engineering at Bemidji State University.

The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation announced on Monday the recipients of the 11th annual NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards, a scholarship program designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award recipients receive $1,000 to $10,000 in tuition assistance from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.

The program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth about the role private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America.

To qualify for an NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award, students must be seniors in high school who own and/or operate their own small business.

They were required to write an essay describing their entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals.

NFIB members around the country interviewed the applicants for the Young Entrepreneur Awards.

An independent, outside committee selects a group of qualified semi-finalists.