What is PFEW?

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is an intensive program that educates high school students about the American free enterprise system. Bringing motivated students together with business people from throughout the state. This unique concept in learning has enhanced the lives of nearly 50,000 young adults for more than forty years.

During PFEW, participants not only learn to appreciate our free enterprise system, but they also see from a practitioner's perspective what it takes to be successful in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Student companies simulate the actual operation of their own business for the equivalent of three years. Facing all of the decisions that real executives are confronted by, the student companies are mentored by dedicated business volunteers who serve as Company Advisors. Sharing their knowledge and expertise, Company Advisors address the most significant issues facing business today in straightforward, informal discussions with students.

Accented with motivational speakers and interactive learning exercises, this one-of-a-kind program furnishes a real-life educational experience for eager students. Scholarship winners grasp the value of teamwork, cooperation and leadership, and are provided with an invaluable opportunity to develop communication skills.

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Why is PFEW important?

If Pennsylvania businesses are to remain competitive, our workforce must have an understanding and appreciation of the challenges that face the business community. At PFEW, old myths and stereotypes about business unravel as students and business people work together to gain fresh insights into the intricacies of our free market system. Participants are challenged with a plethora of economic concepts, terms, facts, figures, and projections for the future. Inspirational speakers creatively address subjects concerning marketing, the role of government, supply and demand, and how business is vital to our economy.


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What does PFEW accomplish?

By the end of each student's week-long PFEW journey they will: 

  1. Understand the vital importance of the American free enterprise system and their role in it.
  2. Experience all facets of business operations, marketing, and finance as they unlock hidden strengths and talents and forge a path for the future.
  3. Develop marketable skills that prepare them for the workforce or post-secondary education.
  4. Learn the value of teamwork, compromise, ethics, communication, and more.
  5. Develop oral and written presentation skills.
  6. Interact with a wide variety of business and motivational speakers who will inspire them to greatness.
  7. Leave with an improved perception of business and its role in our economy.
  8. Meet and work with a diverse group of peers and develop a network of future colleagues and mentors.
  9. Realize that no matter what career path they choose, everything relates to business.

PFEW magic

PFEW is an educational program like no other. It's where young people open doors to their future. It's where they experience the excitement and thrill of business, teamwork, competition, independence, ownership, and personal responsibility. It's where they embrace and celebrate our American free enterprise system. And it's where they forge their path to a successful future.  We call it the PFEW Magic, and every eager student should experience it.

Come experience it for yourself.

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