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VOL. 8 | NO. 47 | Saturday, November 14, 2015

Junior Achievement Hosts Entrepreneurship Week

By Don Wade

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In Memphis and across the country, business owners are headed to high school classrooms to tell their personal stories – what inspired them and how they chartered their own course.

It’s all part of Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Week, which is set for Monday, Nov. 16, through Nov. 22.

Among the skills young people will learn: how to successfully interview for a job and how to create a solid business plan.

Research conducted by JA shows that even though young people report looking up to famous entrepreneurs such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, they are more risk-averse to the idea of being an entrepreneur than were teens in previous generations.

Larry Colbert, president and CEO of JA Memphis, says Entrepreneurship Week offers students a special opportunity to “engage directly with entrepreneurs in the classrooms, allowing these business leaders to effectively mentor young people in a group setting.”

Beyond Entrepreneurship Week, teens can explore their future with JA Memphis' new online experience, called JA My Way.

Made possible by a grant from the City Foundation and OneMain Financial, JA My Way (jamyway.org) combines games, rewards, information and social media to help teens and their parents make decisions that will affect their futures.

The interactive site, which is geared toward the 13-17 crowd, features a personality quiz to help determine suitable career paths, the ability to create and store a resume, information on various job types and how to start a business, and money-management tips.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 48 2,693
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 139 5,848
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 26 116 6,830
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 133 4,049