Emlyn Goulding is passionate about books and loves reading. She decided to share this love with younger children by establishing BooksBuds. It is a peer-to-peer guided reading service and is hosted on zoom. Children from grade Kindergarten to 6 can avail of this facility.
Owner of BooksBuds Bill Goulding took part in a pitch-off which was a part of the Bridges to Better Business event, an annual learning and networking forum hosted by the Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship. They won the contest’s grand prize valued at $17,000. They made their way to the finals following a competitive process involving multiple submissions from across the Algoma District.
- Nov. 9, 2020
Having struggled with dyslexia Matthias Yong embraced metalworking as both a creative outlet and his livelihood
Stainless steel is one of the most common metals found in households so it’s far from being glamorous but Matthias believes that there’s much more that can be done with this metal. He started his company Baremetalco, out of his admiration for bare metals. One can say that passion for metals is in his blood. His father started Make Yield a firm that specializes in stainless steel. Matthias picked up his skills while working in his dad’s company.
Baremetalco makes products according to customer’s design. Matthias calls himself a bridge between designer and metal fabricator. They mainly focus on custom made products. But plans to start their own range of furniture collections designed and fabricated by them to sell directly to consumers.
Matthias plans to convert part of the factory space into a creative hub for designers and students to create and develop their own designs as a part of giving back to society.
- Nov. 9, 2020
Powers and Holden, two teen entrepreneurs from Newport collaborated to pull off their first pop-up sneaker shop. They buy limited-edition, rare or discontinued sneakers from resellers online or from brands when collection drops and re-sell them at a profit.
Sneakers have become a new trend because of social media influencers and celebrities. This is one of the reasons why their business has been really good. Many of the pairs in their shops are designer brands. Every pair is real and authentic. They made a profit of around $25000 after sales of $100000. The gap between sales and profit is because of other factors like shipping costs and purchase. They keep a margin of 10% to 40% on sneakers and 59% to 75% on sneakers.
Both of them are still testing how the pop-up goes. Perhaps they will try a brick-and-mortar venture in the future. But for now, it's just sneakers.
- Oct. 31, 2020
Setbacks are common. Everyone faces them. But only a few can rise above them and turn them into an opportunity. Despite being one of the disenfranchised A level Cohort Oldham started his art start-up. Starting with selling his graffiti-inspired artwork. He plans to eventually turn his designs into a clothing brand. He has already created the work and designed his website.
While studying graphic design he is even looking for commissions for his artwork on the walls of different businesses. Restrictions on socializing have given him additional time to work and a perfect opportunity to launch his website and build a following for his brand.
Oldham's mother is proud of what he has achieved after a negative experience.
- Oct. 30, 2020
When you are determined to achieve something, nothing can stop you. Trishana Martin, an 18-year-old teenager is a go-getter. She used her sewing skills to start a pillow making business.
Trishana was introduced to seeing in seventh grade when she started Home Economics in her school. She longed for a sewing machine but couldn't afford one. After persuading her mother and lots of savings she finally bought a machine. When her uncle's girlfriend asked her to make some cushion covers she watched videos on the internet and perfected the skill. It was then that she realized the potential source of income and started Royal Crush Designs.
It was the money Trishana earned from her business that helped her purchase data plans to research for her SBA and attend virtual classes. She cleared her CSEC with high scores and credits her teachers and friends for her achievement. She is also passionate about cooking and wants to convert it into a career as a chef. She is looking to enroll in a culinary course and hoping for a bright future ahead.
- Oct. 30, 2020
Anxiety and Depression are some words that we hear daily. Awareness is being created about mental health yet some people are afraid to reach out and ask for help. To tackle this problem Sierra created a company, 'Bliss Box.' They create care packages for people who are anxious and on the verge of depression.
These care packages act like an outlet for people to turn to. It is something that will motivate and guide people in their dark times. With stress relievers, motivational stickers, inspiring stories, and hotlines this box can save a life or two.
Sierra was nominated for Miami University Startup Challenge by her EIC teacher. He believes in her creativity and entrepreneurial mindset. She is one of only nine students selected from around the nation. Participating in the startup weekend will allow her to work with professionals and learn from their feedback. She will get an opportunity to build connections and lay a solid business model for her company.
Bliss Box isn't some short term, temporary thing. Sierra plans to turn it into a lifelong business
- Oct. 29, 2020
What do you do when you face a problem? You, search for a solution. But what if there’s no solution? Well, you create one. Taylor Ryan faced a problem. She couldn't give her best in sports because she was afraid of getting hit - especially in the breast area. Being best in the game comes with the cost of getting hurt time and again. While men have athletic cups, there's nothing for women.
So Taylor designed a protective sports gear for women and named it Unstoppable Protective Gear. They are cups that one can insert into their sports bra. She wants girls to feel unstoppable on the field. Although many sportswomen would love her idea, her product received mixed reactions. Many weren't comfortable talking about breast protection. Even today people tend to avoid such topics which is one of the reasons why there are no such products.
Taylor had this idea bugging her mind for five years but the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce's chapter of YEA enabled her to take it to the next level. It's a year-long course that molds students into confident entrepreneurs. She was chosen to compete against 35 youth-run businesses in the YEA Saunders Scholars Competition.
- Oct. 29, 2020
Unable to find a job in a beauty salon Keana Clarke started ‘Lashes Amore’ using her own savings. At first, her friends and relatives were placing orders so her business was running quite steadily. But all this changed when Tiktok promoted her video in which she was showing all the different kinds of lashes she sells.
Within a few hours, the video garnered thousands of views and orders started to pour in. Some of her customers even told her that the lashes helped them gain confidence and kind of changed their lives. When she grows up, Keana wants to become a cosmetic dentist and eventually start her own cosmetic line so people can feel better about themselves.
Keana’s parents supported her when she told them about her business plans but even they didn’t expect it to grow so much in a little time. Nevertheless, they are proud of what their daughter has achieved at such a young age. Keana’s dad says “looking at what she has achieved at the age of 15, the sky is her limit.”
- Oct. 24, 2020
In the world of social media, our self-image is limited to the number of likes and comments we get on our Instagram posts. How we feel about ourselves no longer matters. Alabama teen Emily Butler wants to change this and has turned this into her business goal.
She founded “More than a reel” an online clothes store. Its main motto is to make people value themselves more than social media likes. T-shirts printed with the word ‘More’ will make people stop and ask questions about what does it mean and this will lead to conversation. Emily believes that conversation has the power to change minds. She calls those T-shirts “Conversation Starter Crewneck,”.
Butler is a student of YEA! Or Young Entrepreneurs academy where her business got her a spot in America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneur contest. The competition will help young entrepreneurs like Butler to launch their ideas in the business world. With an impressive resume, having been named a “Distinguished Young Woman” of Lauderdale County and being selected for Youth Leadership Shoals Emily will compete in the semi-final round.
- Oct. 24, 2020
Lockdown gave plenty of free time to the 17-year-old Tyler Gore to watch online tutorials about candle making and launch his own business that he had been thinking about for a while.
Named after a Greek mythology hero, AIAS candles are hand-poured and use pure soy wax which makes them vegetarian as well as vegan friendly. Tyler started with six scents but the number has already doubled in a few months. He is also planning to launch a Christmas special scent.
At first, he wasn't sure about starting a business during the lockdown but surprisingly it worked out for him. The online sales of AIAS Candles are rising and they are getting regular orders from local stockists. While making profits Tyler is also socially-conscious. He donates a percentage of his profits to conservation group Game Rangers International (GRI) in The Gambia. He hopes the experience he is gaining now will help him in university applications.
- Oct. 21, 2020