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5 Teen Entrepreneurship Programs Teaching More Than Business Skills

At Portsmouth High School, students in Tiffany D’Amour’s business classes are getting a lesson in entrepreneurship. The class, aptly titled Entrepreneurship, is the culmination of a four-course business curriculum (the first three are Introduction to Business, Marketing and Sales, and Accounting) at the New Hampshire school. As part of the course, students write business plans…

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Youth Entrepreneurship: A Valuable Life Lesson

Kid Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship—it’s more than just starting a business. That’s especially true for the educators teaching entrepreneurship to younger generations. With lessons rooted in entrepreneurship, youth are learning creative thinking, problem solving, financial savvy, and other critical life skills that prepare them for the future. The delivery of entrepreneurial education varies. At Portsmouth High School in New…

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3 Initiatives Introducing Entrepreneurial Skills To Preteens

On a warm, sticky Saturday in May 2015, those strolling the streets of Boston could quench their thirst with a sweet, entrepreneurial treat: lemonade. It was Lemonade Day, and in celebration of the nationwide initiative, more than 4,000 Boston-area children set up lemonade stands on popular city streets and sold the freshly squeezed drink to…

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How Coca-Cola is Leading Women’s Empowerment in the Developing World

What does it mean to empower women? Consult the dictionary, and you’ll find the word empower means to make someone stronger and more confident, particularly when it comes to their life and their rights. Consult the United Nations, and you’ll see the words equality, advocacy, education, and training on its list of seven Women’s Empowerment…

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Fighting Global Iron Deficiency, One Lucky Iron Fish at a Time

Lucky Iron Fish

Sets of three are lucky in Cambodia. When Dr. Gavin Armstrong incorporated his company Lucky Iron Fish on 12/12/12, he wasn’t thinking much about luck. Then, just 25 years old, he had been working in Cambodia where more than 50 percent of the population suffers from iron deficiency. “In Cambodia, there’s actually no word for…

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Corporate Social Responsibility from the Bottom Up

Shainoor Khoja

How can companies empower citizens of the world’s war-torn economies? For Shainoor Khoja, the answer includes bringing those citizens into the organization’s business model. Believing a company is only as strong as the community it serves, Khoja has spent more than 10 years engaging with and investing in the development of “bottom of the pyramid”…

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Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change?

Peers Inc

In the not so distant past, people needing a car had just two options. They could either buy an entire car (a purchase that accounts for 17 percent of the typical American budget) or they could rent one in 24-hour bundles. Both cases were mismatched between the driver’s needs—for example commuting, or hauling a large…

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Helping Teen Mothers Step Out Of Poverty

Catalina Escobar

In the year 2000, Catalina Escobar had it all: a beautiful family, a promising career running her own international trading company, and a home in Cartagena, a gem of a city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. But 2000 was also the year Catalina’s life changed forever. While volunteering in a local neonatal clinic, a newborn died…

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Swimming With The Sharks

Shark Tank

For an entrepreneur, what could be better than pitching your business to five well-connected, deep-pocketed investors? How about pitching to those investors on prime-time television for an audience of 8 million potential customers? The popular ABC reality show Shark Tank has introduced viewers to more than 450 businesses since its 2009 premiere. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE…

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Bobby Sager: “You Need to Understand Your Customer”

Bobby Sager

How did Bobby Sager, who grew up outside of Boston and married his high school sweetheart, become the international philanthropic force he is today? His career took him from a small jewelry business, to running Gordon Brothers Group as president and partner, to founding the Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Roadshow. His circle of friends…

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