Mark Pingle is a professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. Professor Pingle has scores of publications in macroeconomics, behavioral economics, and experimental economics. He has served as Chair of the UNR Department of Economics and President of the International Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics. Desiring to more personally facilitate economic development in Northern Nevada, he shifted a large portion of his efforts toward the development of entrepreneurial talent. He spearheaded the effort to create the entrepreneurship program at UNR, subsequently spearheaded the creation of the community Entrepreneurship Nevada effort. Most recently, he is leading the development of the Youth Entrepreneur Syndicate, which seeks to develop the entrepreneurial capacities of youth aged 12-18. One young entrepreneur is Abigail Pruitt, 12 years old and is currently a 7th grader at Cold Springs Middle School. Abigail is the CEO of Pruitt Puppets, a company she has built making and selling marionette puppets. Abigail designs and creates each handcrafted, unique puppet. The goal of Pruitt Puppets is to create imaginative toys that never go out of style. They will put a smile on everyone’s face, no batteries required, all strings attached.
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