Young Entrepreneurs Are Bringing Virtue to the Marketplace

Two businesses founded by students from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, were featured by Catholic Vote.

“How we spend our money can influence society in greater ways than we realize,” said the organization, saying they “compiled a list of small businesses founded by young entrepreneurs so that you can glorify God with each dollar spent!”

Business is a major part of Benedictine College’s plan to Transform Culture in America, which calls for the college to promote “free markets and virtue.” Dave Geenens, director of the college’s Thompson Center, hosts the new course The Reckoning: Business and the Battle for Freedom.

“I get upset when I hear people criticize business as being bad,” David Geenens says about the new series. “I’ve been in business for over 35 years and  that has not been my experience either as an employee or as a business leader. The fact is, business is such a critical part of the solution.”

The Catholic Vote article has this to say about the two businesses founded by Benedictine College students Eve Vanden Heuval (pictured, top) and Nate and Gabe Jones (above):

The Everyday Saint

Eve Vanden Heuvel started The Everyday Saint in January of 2023 at the age of 19. It began as a dynamic podcast and resource for young Catholics across the country and now functions as a podcast, public speaking ministry, and lifestyle brand.

The inspiration for The Everyday Saint started when Eve was a senior in high school. She didn’t see her peers taking their faith seriously despite going to a Catholic school. Going to a Catholic college later helped her realize that she wasn’t alone in this feeling. She then created The Everyday Saint podcast to interview her classmates and friends about their faith in order to inspire young Catholics.

When you purchase from The Everyday Saint, you are not just purchasing another t-shirt or journal… you’re getting a conversion starter. Each item comes with an apologetics pamphlet explaining the belief behind the product.

Shop The Everyday Saint

Agape Apparel

Agape Apparel was founded in December of 2022 to spread the message of sacrificial love. Twin brothers, Nate and Gabe Jones started the company when they were 19, and have been working on it since. They noticed that today’s culture has been pushing a message of unfulfilling love, and wanted to combat that by sharing the good news that there is more to life than using other people.

The key to living a life of joy and fulfillment is dying to yourself and your desires. The paradox is that you have to lose yourself to gain yourself. The goal of Agape Apparel is to share that message with the world through t-shirts, hoodies, and conversations around the products.

Buy your Agape gear here!

Read Shelby Bland’s article on new businesses at Catholic Vote.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.