Investing in the Future

Nick Fisher explaining the discounted cash flow valuation method and how to use it when evaluating a stock.
Nick Fisher explaining the discounted cash flow valuation method and how to use it when evaluating a stock.

Founded by Nick Fisher (Portfolio Manager, Pilot Wealth Management) and his wife Maurissa, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW) was started in 2005 with a simple vision— to host a summer camp where Oregon high school students could get inspired and learn how to become leaders in the world of business. We were excited when 26 students attended our first Business Week on the campus of the University of Portland, and had high hopes the program would grow in the coming years. Little did we know just how many students we would be able to reach, not only in Oregon, but also from across the country and even internationally!

Since that first camp in 2005, YEBW has grown into a robust program and this year we will host more than 300 students who will attend one of three camps. Students can now choose between Business Week, Investing Week, or Entrepreneur Week held on the campuses of the University of Portland, Oregon State University, or the University of Oregon.

While YEBW has grown and changed over the years, our curriculum continues to challenge even the most accomplished students and our mission remains the same—to build and prepare the next generation of business leaders.

Jason Lesh working with students and reviewing their business simulation performance.
Jason Lesh working with students and reviewing their business simulation performance.

Pilot Wealth Management has partnered with and invested in YEBW to help provide high school students with progressive and immersive programs in the key areas of entrepreneurship, business fundamentals, financial investments, career readiness and leadership development. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Nick and I volunteer throughout the summer in numerous capacities.

What makes our program particularly strong and appealing is the number of business leaders who volunteer their time or company resources. Nearly 200 volunteers serve as the foundation for our success. They include advisors, board members, speakers, interns, judges and more. Their commitment to these future leaders has made YEBW the best business and entrepreneurship program for high school students in the country.

If your child or somebody you know would be interested in the program, please don’t hesitate to introduce them as registration is still open. YEBW will be held at:

  • University of Portland, July 20-26 (Business Week & Investing Week)
  • Oregon State University, July 27-August 2 (Business Week & Entrepreneur Week)
  • University of Oregon, August 10-16 (Business Week & Investing Week)

Meeting the students that attend and witnessing the transformation and growth in one short week is inspiring. Our state and our communities will be in good hands with the leaders that YEBW helps form.