• Mansfield-Richland Area Educational Foundation

  • The Mansfield-Richland Area Educational Foundation (frequently referred to as the Chamber Foundation) was established to foster economic understanding and pursue other areas that benefit the free enterprise system and the American way of life.

    The Foundation consists of four key components:

    • Leadership Unlimited - Founded in 1982, Leadership Unlimited is a planned learning program designed to provide men and women of demonstrated leadership ability with the opportunity to interact with existing leaders and develop their knowledge of challenges and opportunities for leadership in the greater Mansfield, OH and Richland County area. Find application here.

    • Leadership Unlimited Membership (LUM) - Leadership Unlimited Membership is a network connecting Leadership Unlimited graduates through social and educational programs and an alumni newsletter.

    • The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to start and run their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, decide if they want to work by themselves or as a team, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding, and actually launch their own business or social movement. All of the learning is real and experiential. Students leave the class as business owners, complete with a DBA and bank account! Apply today!

    • Economic Club - Four times each year since 1982, the Economic Club brings world-class speakers to our area for luncheon meetings. A portion of the annual membership supports economics classes offered to area educators by the Foundation.

    • Richland Idea Audition - Pitch contest to support new business, help entrepreneurs get a new business off the ground and introduce entrepreneurs to the community for support. Entrepreneurs will have four minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win a top prize of $5,000. The second place idea will receive $2,500 and third place $1,000. Those who may get through the preliminary round will pitch during the final round of judging to a live audience.  Complete details, rules and an application can be found here. Richland Idea Audition will take place on September 17, 2019.

    • Inside Richland County - A two-day exploration of Richland County which offers participants an overview of issues, opportunities and challenges currently facing the community. Using the community as a classroom, participants will travel to venues throughout the county. Inside Richland County is designed to provide a snapshot of the community and is beneficial for individuals with limited schedule flexibility. This program can also be great for those that are new to management positions or even those new to the community. Dates for 2019 are May 1st and 8th. To apply, complete this form.

    Economic Club

    Mansfield-Richland Area Educational Foundation Membership 

    Membership in the Mansfield-Richland Area Educational Foundation allows your company to participate in the important work of all five areas of the Foundation. In addition to Leadership Unlimited and the Economic Club, your membership assures services to area youth and educators continue to promote our free enterprise system.

    Just one membership provides benefits to you, your company, and the community in which we live. Your support is appreciated.