Written by Julie Kantor, Executive Director NFTE DC Region
In the beginning it started out with over 900 youth in DC, Maryland and Virginia schools, as well as several charter schools. They then went through 60+ hours of training on how to start and operate their own small businesses. Most of the students received seed capital to bring the book-theory to life and purchase their own inventory. And students from all over the region have showcased their new businesses in their schools and with most of them turning a profit. In the end these students compete to take their businesses to the next level.