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The “Responsibility Inc.” Live Event, by Sage One, asks Georgia high schoolers to imagine their own socially and environmentally responsible businesses

ATLANTA (February 4, 2016) — Sage, a market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payments systems, is proud to sponsor a dynamic, inspiring, creative and responsible day of business brainstorming. Today they announced that they are acting as corporate sponsor for the 21st Century Leaders' Goizueta Youth Leadership Summit.

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Taking place on Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, on the campus of Emory University, the Goizueta Youth Leadership Summit is a two-day leadership training event for high school students hosted by 21st Century Leaders, Sage, and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

The first day is themed "Responsibility, Inc.," where an impressive lineup of responsible businesses (including Brian Preston, TedX speaker and founder of furniture company Lamon Luther, and White House Champion of Change in the Deployment of Solar Pete Marte of Hannah Solar) will speak to the students and explain why they put responsibility at the core of their businesses.

This two-day summit exposes attending high school students to a new set of leadership workshops, networking opportunities and social activities with peers and professionals, focused on building business and entrepreneurial skills. But while they are learning these valuable business skills, they’ll also be learning about building a business with purpose.

"These young, impressionable adults are at a critical turning point—soon to graduate high school—and are poised to have enormous impact on the business landscape; we want to help make that impact responsible as well as profitable," said Lawton Ursrey, senior customer success manager, Sage One, and Atlanta entrepreneur. "Social and environmental stewardship is not an opposing force to entrepreneurship; creating 'businesses with a purpose' is more important than ever. It’s no longer just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do because the growing number of consumers with similar belief metrics demand it."

Getting finances right is critical for any budding entrepreneur, and students attending the Youth Leadership Summit will have the opportunity to learn more about Sage One online accounting, which offers bookkeeping essentials for small business owners. Sage One offers everything entrepreneurs need to handle their cash flow, simplifying finances and keeping them on track.

Sage supports budding entrepreneurs in other ways, as well, through efforts such as the Sage One Scholarship program, which offers future business leaders the opportunity to compete for a $10k scholarship to put toward their post-secondary education. The contest is once again open to high school students graduating within the next 12 months or current college/university students enrolled full time at an accredited institution in the U.S. or Canada. Two prizes will be given: one to a student in Canada, one in the U.S. The deadline for the current contest is May 31, and more details are available here.

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