Contact: Dawn Byers

Inspire and educate: that’s the reason Dallas entrepreneur and author Tony Hartl wrote his first book, and it’s the reason he donated his first $10,000 of book profits to The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) this week: a wonderful early Christmas gift for at-risk youth!

Hartl’s book, Selling Sunshine: 75 Tips, Tools, and Tactics for Becoming a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur, was released last January and has since won the coveted Axiom Bronze Award for Entrepreneurship for 2011, has received rave reviews from many publications including DCEO Magazine, and was recently recommended by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Hartl plans to ultimately donate 100 percent of the proceeds from Selling Sunshine to NFTE.

Tony Hartl, founder and former CEO of Planet Tan, has always been dedicated to social entrepreneurship. Hartl wants “to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.” And NFTE does just that. NFTE’s mission is to teach at-risk students about entrepreneurship; helping them summit the most difficult peaks in their own lives and preparing them for the future.

In addition to his support for NFTE and his role as a socially-conscious entrepreneur, Hartl is also an avid athlete and mountain climber currently training for a Mount Everest climb. In 2011 Tony climbed Grand Teton in Jackson, Wyoming, cycled 750 miles through Central Italy, and sailed around Greece all while doing his daily runs.

With this $10,000 check to NFTE, Hartl hopes to help future and aspiring entrepreneurs climb the mountains ahead in their own lives and live up to his own motto: “Work Hard. Have Fun. Make History.”