n recent years, Gilmour Academy has focused on an entrepreneurship initiative with programs in place at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, thanks to grants from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Veale Foundation and TiE Ohio Partnershships. Examples of programs at the Lower School include the kindergarten farm project which has students go through the process of starting up a family farm, the secondgraders’ business development project complete with the opportunity to sell their products to each other and the Young Entrepreneurs Program, which allows fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to develop and sell a product. The Middle and Upper Schools’ programs feature the Invention Project, the Entrepreneurship Explorations Community, the GA Business Plan Competition and the new Management and Entrepreneurship course. Even before there was a specific focus on developing students’ entrepreneurial spirit through these programs, Gilmour fostered independent thinking and problem-solving skills that have produced young alumni who have taken a chance and launched their own businesses doing something they love. The scope of their services ranges from remanufactured ink cartridge sales to a cell phone app to a wholesale produce company. The Academy is very proud of its entrepreneurial alumni. Here are some of their stories.
SELF-ST Anthony Quagliata ’96 began his company, AQAmarketing, after graduating from Xavier University while working at his family’s restaurant. He felt the entrepreneurial itch and started his own marketing company, helping other companies create their brand image. As a one-man operation, Quagliata handles everything from designing to billing to selling to delivering. He believes that the personal relationships he forms with clients set him apart from other companies. Since 2002, AQAmarketing’s client list has continued to grow, with more than 100 clients currently, including Orlando Baking Company, Huntington Bancshares, Fahrenheit, Cleveland Advertising Association and National Mattress & Furniture, Inc., owned by Matt Lichko ’96. Two main clients, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Michael Symon’s restaurants, have been an integral part of the success of his company. With his restaurant industry background, Quagliata would like to expand his company’s presence, helping restaurants with logos, signage, menus and uniforms to create their brand image. In addition to running AQAmarketing, Quagliata is the executive chef and manager at Alfredo’s at the Inn. Over many years there, he has developed a particular interest in creating delicious homemade soups and has compiled a cookbook that will be published soon. Visit aqamarketing.com to learn more about Quagliata’s business.