Have you always wanted to start your own business but never knew where to begin? Business-related or not, most of us have dreams and aspirations. The video series below shows how these JA students turned their dreams into reality. Junior Achievement, along with a lot of hard work and determination, helped these young people realize their potential. Are you ready to do the same?
Check out this video on Rohan Singh, JA’s 2003 JA Entrepreneur of the Year, and discover the story behind his business!
David Washington runs the Hot Spot Canteen, a snack bar started as part of the JA Company Program in David’s New Hampshire hometown.
2004 JA JA Entrepreneur of the Year, Seth Flowerman, walks us through the streets of New York City and tells us about his business, Career Explorations.
In January 2003, Shreyans began his career as an entrepreneur, co-founding a wholesale party and wedding supply company, Koyal Wholesale (www.koyal.com). Quickly expanding, the company now operates out of a 10,000 square foot warehouse. Knowing the importance of giving back to the community, he also co-founded humanitarian rights organization See Evil, End Evil (SEEDE), which is currently working on a project to help build the first public library in Rwanda.
Barry Loseke has no shortage of entrepreneurial spirit. As an “eBay broker,” Barry specializes in scouring stores for discount items, then selling them on eBay at significantly marked-up prices. This practice has allowed Barry to net thousands of dollars over the course of a weekend and has us all saying: “Why didn’t I think of that”?
Becky Saunders has always loved animals. Back when she was seven-years-old, she had an idea for a business that would allow her to work with the animals that were so near to her heart. That idea has turned into Becky’s Pet Sitting Service, which today has Becky showing off her entrepreneurial skills while doing what she loves all at the same time!
Less than a year ago, Christian got a hold of a jewelry-making kit, and seeing that his mother could use a new set of earrings, began to put his skills to work. Soon everyone realized what a creative talent Christian had in the art of jewelry making, and Art By Christian was born. He now has an impressive client-base and has turned his hobby into a lucrative business.
Young entrepreneurs discuss what it’s like to own a business!
There are countless benefits to becoming an entrepreneur. Check out this new video to listen and learn from real-life young entrepreneurs as they offer advice and discuss some of the benefits to running a business of your own!
Adam Stites President: Xtremez.com
As a teenager, Adam Stites was an avid paintball player excelling on the local tournament circuit. At the age of 15, he began selling paintball supplies over the Internet with a cozy office in his parents’ basement, and a hand-me-down computer. Eight years later, xtremez.com is the largest Internet retailer of paintball supplies in the world. His new facility in Portland (Tigard), Oregon occupies 15,000 square feet and employs 25 people. A healthy step up from the basement.
Colette Malouf C.E.O: Colette Malouf, Inc.
Colette Malouf has been designing jewelry and hair accessories since 1987, when her vision for a hair tie (later dubbed “The Malouf Pouf”) was bought by Bergdorf Goodman. With the immense success of her first product, Colette soon became one the most dignified names in fashion. Colette Malouf, Inc. features designs set apart by elegant combinations of bold, organic shapes, colors and highly distinctive materials. Her jewelry and hair accessories are carried by the top retailers in the world, including: Le Bon Marche in France; Isetan in Japan; and Bergdorf Goodman in the U.S.
Marc Renaud President: Pharsyde Clothing Company
Marc Renaud always wanted to design and manufacture clothing. The dream started in college, when he made T-shirts and sold them to local Vancouver residents. When he soon realized that the retail industry was much more lucrative, Pharsyde Clothing Company was born. Nine years later, Pharsyde has three different locations and is one of Vancouver’s coolest names in clothing and accessories.