The Auntie Karen Foundation is pleased to announce its 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The winners received a scholarship in honor of Auntie Karen Board Member Deborah Woodard. Anita Stagger (original candles) was named the 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Honorable mention was awarded to Asya Harris (organic farmer) and Jasmine Johnson (opera singer).
Auntie Karen’s 16th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference took place on October 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the campus of Benedict College in Columbia, SC. Over 100 youth between the ages of 5 and 22 attended this event. The founder Karen Alexander states, “Our mission is to continue to create a program that will nurture entrepreneurship in young people. We want to provide conference attendees with the opportunity to gain skills in areas not traditionally afforded to them.”
This year’s theme was “WAKANDA: Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead”. Subject areas included: identifying entrepreneurial skills, marketing your business, and understanding business finance tools. This one-day event serves as a world-class conference to bring youth 7 to 22, from across the state and region, together to gain skills in areas not traditionally afforded to them. Each year, up to 150 students from across the region participate in this thought provoking conference, which is offered through a cooperative effort between the Auntie Karen Foundation, The Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics at Benedict College, and various community sponsors.
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