Wink & Flip

At 8 years-old, Natasha watched the Academy Awards on TV and drew the red carpet fashions she saw, changing them to suit her own ideas. At 13, she enrolled in a pre-college design class

at the Fashion Institute of Technology. At 14, armed with a work permit, she discovered that New York City stores were only hiring 16 and 18 year olds. She put her experience of reading

D.A.M. Companies, LLC

Denton Malcolm, also known as “Rude Kid-da-ReggaeRap Inventor,” took NFTE at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in 1994.  Of his schools days, Denton remembers, “Life was great. I was the president and captain of all the major organizations at school—I just wanted to know how to market myself as an artist.” So Denton enrolled in a NFTE course, to learn just that.

March 25, 2013  |  6 comments

By: Cindy Morand

Credibility is extremely important to the success of any entrepreneur. Individuals do business with people they trust and believe in. So how can a young entrepreneur gain the respect and credibility from customers and future investors?

1. Become an Expert of the Product or Service You are Selling

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March 18, 2013  |  22 comments

Ernst & Young LLP McLean Assurance Manager Josh Dodds celebrates with Annandale High School student Lewis Folli after he won second place in the NFTE Final Business Plan Competition for the Washington DC/Metro Region for his YSC: Yard Sale Coordinators business.By: Ernst & Young LLP's McLean Tax Partner John Domenick

When I joined the Ernst & Young organization in 1999, the mindset of corporate responsibility stood out to me in every aspect of our business. Intrigued, impressed, excited — those were the words that came to mind when I was first introduced to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and its mission. After relocating to McLean, Virginia, in 2011, I got involved with the local high school class Ernst & Young LLP  had recently adopted through NFTE's Adopt-a-Class program. I became leader of our Adopt-a-Class program shortly thereafter, recognizing its alignment with the firm's community engagement efforts.

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March 13, 2013  |  0 comments

By Derek Brown, NFTE Marketing & Communications

I don’t know about you but I can always use an extra five minutes to complete a task or even an hour to wrap up everything I set out to complete in a day-- including this post. 

How can you find time as an entrepreneur to be more productive? By design entrepreneurs have a plethora of roles to fulfill. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a book I just read that has me constantly thinking about how I use my time. Specific changes to my routine haven’t become habit. However, I’m now constantly aware of how I use my time and that’s a start.

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March 11, 2013  |  19 comments

By Jason Rivera

Wow! What a treat it was to attend the 2013 MasterCard Global Inclusion Summit.

The MasterCard Global Inclusion Summit, a companywide event, was held at MasterCard’s beautiful headquarters in Purchase, NY last week. The Summit was a series of panel discussions and interviews by MasterCard employee moderators, providing insights on “next” practices that best link diversity and inclusion to drive business impact. It focused on the many ways MasterCard employees could use their diverse backgrounds and experiences to strengthen MasterCard’s understanding of the complex challenges in the global marketplace.

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March 8, 2013  |  10 comments

By Victor Salama

I’m excited to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum March 13-15th in Dubai and participate in a panel on entrepreneurship education and school reform. Hosted by GEMS Education, the conference is a great opportunity to meet and learn from leading international experts from education ministries, youth service agencies and global school management networks.

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Juicy

As the world becomes more environmentally aware, consumers are growing more dependent on reusable water bottles.  For those who want flavored water, however, the options are still limited to commercially packaged beverages.  That’s where Juicy comes in, the innovative brainchild of Galit Tassi and Dvir Dvidovich.

Foster Friends

Lindy Carty’s mother runs a shop called Knit Fit that offers knitting and crafting classes to the public. Now, thanks to Lindy, it offers one more.

Weeds&&More

Jordan Anderson describes his life before NFTE as pretty laid back, acknowledging that, like many teenagers, he lacked “drive.”  When the opportunity to take the course presented itself, he thought it would be something easy he could just fly through and be done with.