Progressive Business Publications (PBP) Proudly Announces Its Sponsorship for the Awards Ceremony of the 2013 JA Company Program Regional Competition

March 21, 2013 04:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time

MALVERN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Progressive Business Publications ( announced that it will be a sponsor of the Awards Ceremony at Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley’s 2013 JA Company Program® Regional Competition. The JA Company Program is a hallmark of Junior Achievement (JA), the world’s largest and fastest-growing volunteer-driven economic education nonprofit. JA’s purpose is to educate and inspire young people to own their economic success through financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs.

“Junior Achievement fills a unique need, fostering crucial financial literacy skills while teaching about entrepreneurship.”

The JA Company Program Regional Competition is the culmination of the JA Company Program, a 15-week after-school commitment which allows high school students to start and run their own business. Under the mentorship of corporate volunteers, students from across the area create a company and experience each step in operating a business. This year’s regional competition, to be held at the Microsoft Technology Center in Malvern, PA, on April 11th, will be a full-day challenge for the ten student companies. Corporate team sponsors include Aqua America, Bimbo Bakeries USA, IKEA, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Pepper Hamilton LLP, SAP, Inc. and The Vanguard Group.

“The JA Company Program Regional Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase the exceptional work they’ve done over the past several months,” said Paul Kappel, Jr., President of Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley. “Our corporate volunteers invest almost four months of time and skills into mentoring their teams. The growth in students’ confidence and personal presentation is almost as impressive as the products they research, design and market. This year, we’re grateful that a key friend of Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley, Progressive Business Publications, is helping to sponsor the competition’s Award Ceremony. PBP’s Founder and CEO and legendary entrepreneur in our area, Ed Satell, was one of our first inductees into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame. That inaugural event helped put us on the map of successful nonprofits in the Philadelphia region.”

“Junior Achievement fills a unique need, fostering crucial financial literacy skills while teaching about entrepreneurship,” says Ed Satell. “As a company committed to our public social responsibility, we value JA’s contribution to our region’s students, including those at PBP’s adopted school in Philadelphia. Well-prepared students are the success indicators of the future. The JA Company Program, with its focus on mentorship and skill development, has terrific impact! Progressive Business Publications congratulates the student participants and the companies that mentor them. They’re all winners.”

The Lockheed Martin-sponsored team USB Me, last year’s regional winner of “Overall Best Company,” participated in the National Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. This year’s overall winner will again be submitted to compete in JA’s National Competition this summer.

For additional information on Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley or the JA Company Program Regional Competition, visit PBP’s corporate social responsibility website:

Progressive Business Publications
Regina Black Lennox, 610-865-6246
Director of Philanthropy & Corporate Citizenship