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Cool Schools: Teenage Entrepreneurs

8:31 AM, Jun 3, 2011   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- They're making money with their own businesses, and they are only 16- or 17-years-old! That's why TC Williams High School was our COOL School this week.

Students write a business plan, put together a marketing strategy and make the sales pitch to get funding for their products.

Senior Alexis Johnson decided small frozen, healthy meals for kids were something the marketplace needed. She cooks for her younger siblings after school. Through her own experience, she realized her product could make parents' lives easier.

"It basically reduces the stress of busy parents when they come home from work. They can just pop it in the microwave, it'll be done, and the kids will love it," Johnson says.

Mary Ellen McCormick teaches the Entrepreneur's class. "I think teens like this. They're the future of our economy. They're what's going to make our economy boom and be successful because they're excited about starting a business."

Someone who shares that excitement is Rick Toren CEO of Coderyte. He started five of his own businesses including bringing the first EPI-Pen to the market. He says helping TC Williams students energizes him.

"I've watched them metamorphasize into business people. They actually are proud of their businesses and seeing them accomplish that is just very satisfying."

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