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JA Free Enterprise Center

Building Futures...Inspiring Dreams

JA Free Enterprise Center

The 35,000-square-foot Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Center at 4090 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, will serve both as the regional staff headquarters and will house three experiential labs for students across West Michigan: Tom Fox Family JA BizTown, Karl & Susan Hascall JA Finance Park, and the Haworth JA Entrepreneurship Incubator.

Over 20,000 students and adults from across West Michigan are expected to visit the center each year. Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes broke ground on September 30th, 2020 on the new Free Enterprise Center. This facility is being supported through contributions made as part of the Building Futures...Inspiring Dreams campaign (donors to this campaign are listed below). Recently surpassing the $11M milestone, we are currently 87% of the way toward our $12.9 million goal.

The Tom Fox Family JA BizTown experience starts with 12 classroom learning sessions for 5th and 6th graders. Students learn how the economy operates and how to interview for jobs. They then step into their roles as employees, citizens and consumers during a full-day simulation at the JA Free Enterprise Center. 

Karl & Susan Hascall JA Finance Park teaches financial independence skills to 8th through 12th grade students. Students spend 12 classroom sessions preparing for the experience. Their day at JA Finance Park involves an assigned career and family scenario, providing students the opportunity to create and follow a personal family budget. 

The JA Free Enterprise Center also will be the home of the new Haworth JA Entrepreneurship Incubator afterschool program, where business leaders will mentor high school students. Students will develop a business plan and execute it. They will learn the critical components of running a successful business, including financing, sales, business operations, marketing, customer service and more. 

Erhardt Construction is the general contractor for this project, Integrated Architecture is providing architectural services, and Kennari Consulting is advising the fundraising component.
If you or your company would like to support this educational opportunity for students in our region, please contact Bill Coderre at or Jay Ediger at



Tom & Mickie Fox - Karl & Susan Hascall - Haworth - L.J. “Midge” VerPlank - Mark & Cathy Bissell & Bissell Corporation - Jandernoa Foundation - Kraig & Mary Klynstra - John & Nancy Kennedy - Eileen DeVries Family Foundation - Frey Foundation - Don & Jodi Heeringa - JC & Tammy Huizenga - Meijer, Inc. & Meijer Foundation - State of Michigan Appropriation - MEDC - The Pranger Family Foundation - Spectrum Health Hospital Group - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital - Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation - Don Wood Foundation - Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation - Shape Corporation - Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga - Wolverine Worldwide Foundation - The Sebastian Foundation - Richard Haslinger - U.S. Signal - Bill & Cheryl Coderre - TCF Bank - Independent Bank - Lion Rock Charitable Trust - Mercantile Bank - RDR Inc. - Wendell & Helen Christoff - Michael & Christina Rosloniec - Jamie Mills & Jim Nichols - Erhardt Construction - The Worthington Family - Gary & Peg Novosad - Jim & Judy Zawacki - Lambert Edwards - Paul & Cathy Boyer - Deloitte - Integrated Architecture - Kennari Consulting - Steve & Betsy Carlson - Jim & Mary Krzeminski - Mike & Betsy Price - Sorota Family - Varnum - Ron & Karen Modreski - EQI, Ltd. - Mike & Kathy Lloyd - Ernst & Young LLP - Matthew & Kristy Becker - Sarah Mezwicki - Jim & Lori Swoboda - Laurie Beard - Paul & Tracey Van Hoof - Priority Health - Sandi Frost Steensma - Joe & Rita Tomaszewski - Michael & Sherryl Despres - Advantage Benefits Group - Ag Business Solutions – Rick Blauw - Brad & Cindy Haverkamp - Brad & Gayl Kessel - Christopher & Elizabeth Rushton - Don & Mary Grimes - Greenleaf Trust - Jim & Teresa Nicholson - Matt & Julie Smith - Mark & Susan Walkotten - Cynthia Kay - David B. Hensch Capstone Scholarship Fund - Dave & Sarah Faber - Mark Lardieri - Accuserve Corporation - Greg Hahn - Hahn - Vicky Ludema - Robert Brazda - John Haines - Steve & Mary Nagengast - Jeffrey S. Carter - Bob & Barbara Herr - John Maynard - Jay & Annette Ediger - Troy La Huis - Kevin Patterson - Marti Lolli - Kristy Rempalski - Sheryl & Michael Vander Baan - Edward & Kristin Meyette - Sandy Cilek - Mike Volk - Jim & Tara O'Laughlin - Ron & Lori Foor - Lea Ammerman - Blake & Katie Phillips - Henry Mast - James & Catherine Hensel - Jason Bomers - John & Missy Meighan - Paul & Suzanne Keep - Robert & Jill DeGroot - Ray & Tami Reitsma - Gregg Peters - Jeff & Karen Goudie - Shanna Reynolds - David & Diane Spieker - David F. Lawrence - Williams Group - Anonymous Gift from Crowe Employee - Bill & Colleen Roth - In Memory of William & Marylou Coderre - Lance Erickson - Aaron & Sarah VanSoest - Bob & Janet Kaminski - Randall L. Hartgerink - Commtech Design - David & Lori Pendleton - William Knibloe - Scott Fiser - Greg & Amy Cammell - Kim Kvorka - Rhonda & Matt Huismann - Kim Baber - Barbara Nan Schichtel - James G. Bos - Brook Behm - Ray Vanderweele - Robin Kleinjans-McKee - Chuck & Kim Christmas - Doris Worthington - Brian Kloostra - Dave & Dori Couvreur - Chuck Maniaci - Gary & Susan Milligan - Krista Flynn - Teddy Summers - Michael & Becky Bryson - Bill and Clova Hardiman - Debra Warwick

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