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Start a Business in College

Bennett College Start a BusinessDid you ever think of owning your own business? Teenagers and college students do it all the time.  Many of our young entrepreneurs actually got to start a business in college.  If you attend one of America’s Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU), you might be able to take advantage of entrepreneurship centers on campus.

Five HBCU’s that currently have Entrepreneurship or Small Business centers include:

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania – Entrepreneurial Leadership Center

Bennett College for Women – Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Morehouse College – Entrepreneurship Center

Howard University – Small Business Development Center

Morgan State University – Center for Entrepreneurship Studies

Many of these centers offer business plan competitions, summer boot camps or even lecture series with well known entrepreneurs as guest speakers.  All these programs help students and members of the broader community who might want to start a business.

In addition to these schools, here are a few other resources for students who want to start a business.

1. Junior Achievements
Great resource created through a partnership between educators and businesses. Read bios of successful teen entrepreneurs, watch videos and find Junior Achievement offices near you.

2. US Small Business Administration – Youth Entrepreneurship
Use checklists to find out if your business ideas are solid and will work. Learn more about managing the financial and legal aspects of a business and find a terrific list of resources they call “Business Buddies”.

3. Young Entrepreneurs of America
A non profit organization established to help young entrepreneurs make their ideas a reality.

Read more about the personal character traits of successful entrepreneurs. Start your research now and spend your summer growing your client list.

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