Inspiration All Around

June 18, 2013

business history

Stumbling on the brief mention of Martha Matilda Harper in a Rochester, NY Chamber of Commerce publication, helped spur on my six year journey to discover and document  Harper’s story.  Criss-crossing the U.S. and Canada, visiting family and former Harperites was a blessed adventure.

Now two sixteen year old students, Jenna Fortunati and Margaret Mirabella,  from Connecticut have picked up the gauntlet and caught the Harper spirit. They  created a documentary on the history of franchising and won the Connecticut state finals and went on to be in the final finals at this year’s National History Day recently held in College Park, Maryland.  Their life ambitions have now been changed because of meeting Martha.  Now they, too, want to become  social entrepreneurs.  Says Jenna, “Before this project, I thought the business world was shallow and just about making money….Now I know I can make a difference through economics.”

Go Martha!  Go, Jenna, Margaret, and all of you who have yet to be touched by the amazing Martha Matilda Harper.  Check out their winning documentary. Image

Happy winners, Jenna and Margaret surrounded by fellow students!


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