en·tre·pre·neur /äntrəprəˈnər/ (noun) a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

I salute all entrepreneurs that have taken risks to pursue their passion projects and love the mission from BUILD.BUILD is dedicated to proving the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship, and igniting the potential of youth in under-resourced communities.

It was a great opportunity to be able to attend the 7th Annual BUILD Gala in San Francisco where they honored the Golden State Warriors.  Honoree, Joe Lacob, Rick Welts, and Bob Myers talked about vision, breaking the rules, and teamwork.  The whole night was inspiring from a student marketplace, BUILD testimonials, and a live auction.  We flew up from Los Angeles with our boss Bruce Makowsky, a visionary and serial entrepreneur, that donated a trip to 924 Bel Air Road as one of the items on the auction.  With a successful live auction and generous contributions all around the Gala raised $1.75 million dollars.  A great way to support the belief in the future of our youth entrepreneurs!

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, it was such an encouragement to learn about BUILD and excited for their Los Angeles location to open.