Newsies Clothing Co.
Lang Dobson faced seemingly unsurmountable odds in high school, from dealing with temporary homelessness to academic challenges. Growing up in both New York and Miami, he was witness to what could happen to people without the proper guidance or motivation. With the help of NFTE and his own drive to create his own future, Lang decided to combine his love for art and desire to deliver more positive messages to our youth. The business that grew out of these two passions is an urban fashion company, Newsies Clothing Co. Lang has been innovative in his designs and marketing by collaborating with local artists to expand his reach and differentiate Newsies from its competition while also using his role models to promote the brand. In April 2014, Lang was honored as South Florida’s Entrepreneur of the Year at the NFTE Global Gala in New York City for his accomplishments in growing his business.
Winner, 2008 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
PopsyCakes was founded by Jessica Cervantes when she decided to create an innovative cupcake on an edible stick in 2006 at the age of 16. Ever since her grandmother taught her how to bake, Jessica has loved measuring and tasting different ingredients - and mixing them up to see how her culinary creations would turn out. But it wasn't until Jessica became a part of the International Business and Finance Academy at John A. Ferguson Senior High school, that baking and business came together in a brand new recipe for success.
Jessica is now a student at the University of Miami, managing both her business and studies. She is currently majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She has hired a management team to continue to grow the company, and 5% of our profits are donated to NFTE so other students can get the same support that Jessica received.
South Miami Basketball Academy
At age 14, Andres Cardona recognized the lack of affordable options for youth to improve their basketball skills in South Miami. Andres loved the game so much he decided to start South Miami Basketball academy, where he teaches the fundamentals of the game of basketball. It all began when Andres joined the NFTE program after his mother lost her job, and decided he was going to help the family financially. After a lot of hard work and with support from NFTE, Andres’s academy’s launch was so successful a competitor quickly wanted to buy it! Andres, however, had no interest in selling his business, as he wants to continue to let kids who have had trauma in their lives have an accessible outlet.
Currently, he attends Florida International University double majoring in finance and marketing. Andres recently launched his second business, PublicizeUs.com , to help small businesses develop websites and eCommerce.
Jason Delgado Photography
3rd place, Miami Herald Student Business Challenge
Combining his passion for cars and photography, Jasen Delgado created AutoMotionPhoto , an automotive photography service. What originally started as a lifelong passion and hobby for photographing luxury vehicles quickly turned into a full-fledged business. As Jasen gained experience as a photographer and honed is digital editing skills, Jasen began to attract his first clients. Jasen’s first client, Autosport USA, a pre-owned luxury car dealership in Delray Beach, gave Jasen enough capital to purchase a Nikon DSLR camera, a necessity for professional photography. Over the next year, Jasen continued to build AutoMotionPhoto by attending trade shows and sending out direct mailings. The hard work paid off, and Jasen now has established customers ranging from dealerships such as The Collection and Xotic Dream Cars to Kartier Forged, a high-end wheel manufacturer.