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February 15, 2011

South Carolina's Student Entrepreneur of the Year Dares to Dream

Zucker student Jerome Smalls is announced as the state's Entrepreneur of the Year Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina (YesCarolina) recently announced that an eighth grade student at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science will represent the state as the Entrepreneur of the Year. Jerome Smalls will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's (NFTE) thirteenth annual "Dare to Dream" awards gala.

YesCarolina is dedicated to teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. During the summer of 2010, the organization hosted a three-week business camp at Zucker Middle School. Students were nominated by teachers and parents, and an interactive curriculum allowed participants to acquire the basics of how to start and run a business. Topics included marketing, finance, customer service, and strategic planning. At the end of the camp, students were invited to test their knowledge and entrepreneurial savvy by participating in a business plan competition amongst their peers.

Jerome created a business plan and presentation showcasing the idea of Handy Kid, a student-run handyman business.  Being a businessman is in the family. Jerome was inspired by his grandfather, who used to run his own construction business and with whom Jerome has lived since he was three years old.  Jerome borrowed his grandfather's tools, and in a short time, the young man's business has grown to be a great success. Due to an increased demand for his services, he has started sub-contracting jobs to fellow classmates.  

Jerome was chosen as the first place winner at Jerry Zucker Middle School and was then subsequently nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year for YesCarolina.  Jerome is among only 24 recipients chosen from all over the world to receive this award.

Learn more about YesCarolina.

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