The Generation of Entrepreneurship

20 Feb

“Everyone has dreams. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is whether you have the guts to follow them. Only use the doubters as motivation.” Says ESPN Sport Journalist Graham Bensinger. According to USA TODAY’s “ Gen Y Makes a Mark” article by Sharron Jayson, We are living in the golden age of young entrepreneurship. Those who are in their mid 20’s or younger are in Millennials, nation wide are creating and succeeding in the business industry. According to Brian Headd, an economist in the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy; “In 2005, 188,000 self employed people in the USA were under 21, compared with about 142,000 in 2000.” We have so much at our fingertips. What makes an Entrepreneur? It is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so.


Ms. Jasmine Frank (age 20) is a cake designer from Los Angeles California. You may have seen her on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and TLC’s Next Great Baker’s youngest contestant. She has a sweet passion for pastries. She specializes in fountain cakes. Ms. Frank obtains an Associates science degree from The Institute of California. Her favorite quote is “Dream, create, inspire” in which she displays through her mouth watering sweets.


The bubbly Ms. Skylar “Skye” Townsend (age 19) is the daughter of Director and Actor Robert Townsend.  At the age of 13 Townsend became a frequent user of YouTube and is now known from her Beyonce impersonation video. From there she’s starred in the “8 Days a Week” web series which represents a positive light on African Americans, she is now working on her singing career. She is also a photographer and creative artist.


Next we have Ms. Go Green Jordan Howard (age 19). She travels to different schools, conferences and events speaking to both youth and adults about the importance of sustainability, youth empowerment, action planning, mentoring, and many other topics. Jordan has received awards from The Weather Channel, Art of Humanity, The Travis Smiley Foundation, and the U.S. Green Building Council.


Lastly, Mr. Rizza Islam (age21), is not only is he The International Ambassador Of The World Literacy Crusade. He is a global speaker and the owner of a limousine company. Fall 2011 Islam took a trip to China and was upset when he was constantly mistaken as a basketball player. “Yes I am 6’6, very intelligent and I wear a suite daily. Society has people overseas thinking African Americans are mostly athletic and not very educated. They we’re shocked when I told them I wasn’t a basketball player and that I am a Global speaker.”


In order to become an entrepreneur you must be flexible, work until the job isadults have thought outside the box and transformer their hobbies into jobs.

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