Springtime Success

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Congratulations and a big “thank you” are deserved for the 55 business that made our first Spring Marketplace a giant success.  They attracted over 300 customers in four short hours, selling over $5,000 in merchandise! Prep work pays off Many of these businesses have been preparing for weeks — or even months — to create their specialized inventory. Funky Flip …

Showing Off

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On Friday, two of our young entrepreneurs exhibited at TEDxYouth@MileHigh.  This event, part of the TEDxMileHigh series, offered engaging exhibits and inspiring talks for 2,000 high school students. In case you’re not familiar with TED, know that it’s a great thing to check out.  TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a …

Entrepreneur Success: Maia Drugmand, Turtles4Tots

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Maia Drugmand, founder of Turtles4Tots, has done it again! The 11-year-old created her non-profit organization just over a year ago and has been raising money like a pro since then.  She creates magnet turtles from decorated sea shells and sells them for $5 each. In 2012, Maia raised $10,000 to grant wishes to two children with cancer.  Working with Make-a-Wish, …

What to Shop For This Spring

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The days are getting longer.  Flowers are popping up.  It’s finally starting to feel like spring.  Everyone is beginning to plan activities and trips for the summer… But wait!  What about celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? Don’t worry — we have the perfect chance for you to pick up unique, fun gifts for the best parents in the world. …

Need Help? Small Business Resources (Part 1)

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OK, you have a business idea.  Good!  Even if it’s a bit vague, it’s a great start. Now what? What’s the next step?  Do you need a website? How will customers find your products? How will customers PAY for your products?  How will you even find those customers so they CAN pay for your products? Small business resources Don’t worry …

Entrepreneur Success: Lyla Padden, Flour Gal

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Every year, Young Americans hosts a free business competition for youth ages 6 to 21. We encourage anyone with a business, whether it be mowing lawns, walking dogs, designing greeting cards, or crafting jewelry, to enter the competition. In 2012, the winner of our 12-15 age group was Lyla Padden of Flour Gal. She won $1,000 and was matched with …

Building a Business from the Ground Up

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On Saturday, ambitious current and future business owners gathered in one place to learn from each other, discuss best practices, ask questions, brainstorm, and share successes. This was the Business Building Workshop and it kicked off a season of free classes for youth to learn more about the exciting world of entrepreneurship. Getting started A large part of the workshop …

Creating Entrepreneurs Out of Our Kids

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Empowering today’s youth Do you want your kids to be employees or employers? Cameron Herold thinks you should take advantage of the opportunity to teach your kids how to become employers. I recently watched a TED talk from Cameron Herold titled “Lets Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs.” Herold is a father of two and was COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, before he …