It's that time of year again where several Dubuque leaders and laureates are recognized for their stellar careers and inducted into the prestigious Junior Achievement (JA) of the Heartland Business Hall of Fame. Scott Ellerbach of JA's local Dubuque branch stopped by to talk about the upcoming event.

First, a little background: Junior Achievement (JA) of the Heartland is a non-profit organization predicated on bestowing such information to young students. Their education goals are straight-forward: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. They want to create the next generation of successful businessmen and women.

Even better, they love to see the process become cyclical, with young people aspiring to and eventually establishing their business roots in the Tri-States.

Ellerbach stopped by to talk about the upcoming 2024 Business Hall of Fame, which will take place Thursday, June 13th at the Diamond Jo Casino at 6pm. This is an evening predicated on honoring outstanding community leaders who represent the best in Dubuque area business. These individuals have made significant contributions to their regional business community, and have also served as role models to the youth, the same demographic JA of the Heartland looks to inspire with their work in classrooms.

The 2024 Laureates/Inductees are:

You can reserve your seats for the 2024 Business Hall of Fame here.

Ellerbach added that over 4,000 kids go through the nationwide program every year. Kids are taught business acumen and what it takes not only to make it in the workforce, but how to succeed and continue to find upward advancement. This work isn't possible with the help from volunteers, who devote their time to going to K-12 classes in order to educate students on the importance of business literacy and entrepreneurship.

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Dubuque's JA of the Heartland branch is located in the Schmid Innovation Center in Dubuque's Millwork District (900 Jackson Street, LL5). You can also take a listen to my interview with Scott Ellerbach below!

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You can view a list of past laureates on JA of the Heartland's official website.

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