Incarnate Word Academy Fourth Graders Learn From Ethan Holmes, CEO Of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce, What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur!

At the young age of 15, Ethan Holmes, Shaker Heights native, decided to pursue an entrepreneurial dream. Along with the mentorship and skill set of his grandfather, he attempted to innovate an applesauce recipe and after implementing the design process along with a lot of persistence. Ethan is now the CEO of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce! Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce can be found in stores all across Northeast Ohio! Teaching the students the core values of his company: quality, nutrition, social responsibility, customer service, teamwork and entrepreneurship, Ethan explained that being an entrepreneur is more than being a business person. The desire to innovate, solve a problem, and serve a need are all a component in the journey, one he says does not end once the product or service is launched. It is ongoing. 

The fourth graders were able to interact via this live, virtual session discussing branding, the importance of failure as a necessary means to securing success, and the power of collaboration with the community you serve. This opportunity for this program was sponsored by the Young Entrepreneur Institute and our school community could not be more grateful. Our fourth graders will next participate in their own innovative idea in an entrepreneurial unit!

To learn more about Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce, visit To learn more about the Young Entrepreneur Institute, visit And to learn more about Incarnate Word Academy, visit

Anne Hribar

I am an educator and support staff member at Incarnate Word Academy.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 PM, 11.01.2020