Feature: BIZ KIDS
Three budding entrepreneurs skip child’s play and get smart about crafting a product and earning their own money.
Today’s teens and tweens are savvy enough to know that lemonade stands are more quaint than they are cash cows; lawn-mowing is a seasonal gig; and babysitting can be a boon or a bust, depending on the rug rats du jour. And then there are the aspiring entrepreneurs who recognize that starting their own small companies has serious potential. Meet three exemplary young magnates in the making, self-starters who’ve learned that earning their own income can pay for everything from toys to clothes to family bills. And as for the life lessons they’re picking up along the way? Priceless.
A locally based program teaches young
entrepreneurs how to succeed in business.
Headquartered in Charleston, YEScarolina (Young Entrepreneurs South Carolina) is a partner of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship program and trains educators throughout the state to teach students elemental business skills. Founded in 2003, the local organization worked with Mayor Riley and vendors to transform an unorganized group of adolescents selling palmetto roses into a managed institution complete with artisan business training, permits, and licenses. Each summer, YEScarolina also runs The Motley Rice Advanced Biz Camp at the College of Charleston—a weeklong immersion in Business 101 for high school students. (843) 556-1909, www.yescarolina.com