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Tweens as entrepreneurs

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Could your tween be an entrepreneur?

From Los Angeles to Detroit, entrepreneurial classes for tweens are springing up. Kidpreneur in Michigan offers classes for tweens in business and technology. Their goal is that “today’s metro Detroit tween may be tomorrow’s world-known entrepreneur.” (www.metroparent.com) Kids ages 9-13 take a variety of classes, including lego robotics, web design, video production, animation, and entrepreneurship. Kidpreneur, 1249 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 235 E. Main St., Ste. 104, Northville. Phone: 313-757-0124.

In California, there are Meetups for Entrepreneurs, specifically for Tween and Teen Entrepreneurs in Orange County (www.meetup.com/OC) This meetup group is for all tweens and teens and their parents who are interested in starting a business and “being in a cool club with other tweens and teens just like them!” This group offers monthly meetings where teens/tweens “work with a team of peers in building their business, presentations from local business owners on what it takes to be successful, online support and much, much, more!”

We read and hear about creative people all the time. Those are the people who are risk-takers and possess the confidence and tenacity to make a successful business. They inspire us, and many parents hope their children can attain that success (www.investopedia.com) Kids are natural negotiators, are creative, ambitious, and love to learn new things. If parents can nurture these qualities, they can encourage entrepreneurship. Investopedia suggests that parents encourage creativity and tenacity, act on ideas before someone else, let kids make mistakes, and teach kids to set goals. On www.themint.org you can take a quiz and find out if you have what it takes to be your own boss.

To help young entrepreneurs become leaders, there is a site that suggests 13 books (www.theyec.org). An example of the books suggested is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The blurb about the book mentions challenges such as isolation, confrontation, and reverence of peers who become subordinates. Forbes has an article called Cultivating an entrepreneurial mind. How to Build a Million Dollar Business Plan:Top Ten Points (www.forbes.com).

A great example of tween/teen entrepreneurs, Jonathan Heit, 13, a film and TV actor, and Alex Trevino, a young athlete, are showing their original line of trend/street apparel line on June 3 from 7-10 pm at Fairfax space ADBD. Black Tie Emporium, as the new line is called, is donating a percentage of proceeds to united4:good The retail space for Black Tie Emporium is at 430 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles. Products are available at http://blacktieemporium.com. For press or event information, contact Susan von Seggern on susan@susanvonseggern.com.

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