© 2020 by Heather Shelby and Spark. Ignite. Launch! Learning Academy

A Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs Independent Licensed Program Provider

About Us

We're on a mission to spark kids' entrepreneurial spirit and ignite a flame that will help transform communities – and possibly the world!


Entrepreneurship is an excellent tool for teaching kids how to think creatively, problem-solve, and follow their passions. Through our summer camps and other learning opportunities, we aim to Spark. Ignite. LAUNCH! kids into the world of entrepreneurship, so they can experience the life-changing benefits of dreaming up, starting, and owning a business.



Camp Director & Instructor, Business Owner, Entrepreneur 

Heather has owned her own small business for over 12 years doing web & print design for primarily wineries, breweries, and distilleries of Southwest Michigan. She has taught Junior Achievement, coached Girls on the Run, was on the board for Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, and is on the board of the St. Joe Baseball Association.


Heather started Spark. Ignite. Launch! Learning Academy after helping her daughter, Sally, start her own business and seeing how much she learned and enjoyed the process. Her two kids will be starting their second business this summer!

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Camp Instructor, Elementary Teacher

Thad has taught K-5 for 20 years now. He is currently teaching 1st grade at Eau Claire Public Schools. Originally from the Lansing area, Thad has lived in southwest Michigan for over 20 years. He is married and has two children in high school.

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