What is a Micro Business?

Micro Businesses are student-run companies offering various products and services to the community while providing our students “hands on” opportunities to lead, develop career skills, and experience entrepreneurship. Students participating in microbusinesses start thinking like business owners, and develop skills in problem solving, communication, time management, conflict resolution, and customer service.

Firewood

With guidance from staff, students participate in every step of the process; splitting logs and stacking wood to be air-dried, bundling for delivery, and marketing the product. Students don’t just do the labor; they are also involved in developing a sales strategy and marketing the product.

Elkhart / Nappanee

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Shannon Cooper

Job Training Instructor

Kokomo

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Kayla Woodman

Job Training Instructor

Master Spas Pallets

The business is made of two divisions, a Production team and an Operations team. The Production team builds pallets. Students acquire skills in using power tools, creating assembly line processes, team work and Lean Manufacturing. The Operations team works on sales and marketing. Students acquire skills working with Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Creating P&L sheets, writing business plans and team work.

Fort Wayne

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Stan Griswold

Job Training Instructor
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Jon Agler

Job Training coordinator

Property Management

In our Property management experiences our Student Entrepreneurs will learn: Team work, budgeting & finance, scheduling, commitment to a business and getting the job done.

Marion

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Will Severns

Job Training Instructor

South Bend

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Matthew D'Amico

Job Training Instructor

Residential Restoration

As students learn to restore the broken pieces of their lives they’re also learning job skills to restore homes to proud livable spaces.

Noblesville

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Ethan Pennington

Job Training coordinator

Second Chance Furniture

Students acquire damaged and discarded furniture others don’t want then repair and restore the aged and damaged items so they’re ready to bless the homes of our customers.

Knox

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Charissa Lucas

Business Development Instructor
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Anthony Santos

Job Training coordinator

Spark Candles

Students rekindle their passion for life and learning as they develop job skills through our Spark Candle micro business that brings love and warmth to our supporters and customers.

Decatur / Mooresville

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Jessica Hussey

Business Development Instructor
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Rudy Ortega

Job Training Coordinator

Elkhart / Nappanee

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Anthony Troyer

Business Development Instructor

Frankfort / Lafayette

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Kevin Evans

Job Training Coordinator

Lebanon

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Vicki Ruppert

Job Training Coordinator

South Bend

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Pablo Gonzalez

Job Training Coordinator

Woodmizer Milling

Students organize and trim lumber felled by our tree team into beautifully balanced wood cants. Making the consistent, long, straight cuts takes discipline and focus. Our Woodmizer Milling business builds these traits and more into our students.

Elkhart / Nappanee

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Shannon Cooper

Job Training Instructor

Wood Works

Students acquire damaged furniture and restore them to a functional, and take pieces of scrap wood which they transform into beautiful home decor.

Elkhart / Nappanee

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Jeffery Martin

Job Training coordinator

Xtreme Tree Service

The Xtreme Tree Team is just that: Extreme. This group of young men tackle the tallest of trees and turn them to rubble. In the safest way possible, of course. Our tree team specializes in tree removal, stump removal, and limb trimming and removal.

Elkhart / Nappanee

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Derek Jacobs

Job Training Instructor
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Justin Smith

Job Training Instructor

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