Macon's youngest Entrepreneurs earn national recognition

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy helps students develop their own business ideas. Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, launched by the Macon-Bibb Chamber of Commerce, won a national recognition for their success in their first year. Macon is the first city in Georgia to start the program. The year long program teaches and helps students start their own Business.

For many of the student's they are not letting age stop them from reaching their dreams.

"Don't be afraid to go for it, the earlier you start the better because you get that experience," said Kosi Umerah a student of the program.

Umerah and Simran Vhikot are the only 13-years-old and are the founders of Geeky goodies, a monthly subscription of DIY projects for young teens.

"For our first box we are planning on doing a slime themed because that seem to be the rage in social media platforms," said Vhikot.

Elijah Rutland turned his passion for art into a business, Fix My Sole, that designs and paints sneakers.

"The main thing is that you base the business on something that you love to do for long periods of time without getting tired," said Rutland.

Aman Boricha-Mansand wanted to make a difference in the community.

"My business is call cord it and I make paracord bracelets, customizable paracord bracelets and I give 10% of my sales to a charity called no kids hungry," said Boricha-Masand.

These Entrepreneurs are among the first to be apart of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program in Macon.

After a long year of hard work they are ready to launch their business. Program Manager Nadia Osman said she couldn't be prouder.

"Seeing that progression in these students that not only were they building a company they were building up themselves personally was really rewarding," said Osman.

The program was first launched in New York to help students in Middle and High School start their own business and now it's in over 100 cities across the world.

Osman said their success in just the first year shows that Macon's youth has a lot to offer.

"I think it just speaks to the young leadership that we have in Macon and that the revitalizing efforts that are happening all over this community specifically in the college corridor and downtown are happening with our people as well," Osman said.

The program is currently taking enrollments for next years class of new young entrepreneurs.

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