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Tween and Tots Youth Entrepreneur Display EXPO

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Budding CEOs displayed their wares at the Tween and Tots Youth Entrepreneur Display EXPO on Tuesday, February 27 at the Mott Branch Library. Jewelry, shirts and artwork were available for visitors to gaze upon or purchase.

Marvon Smith, the CEO of “Bubba Teez,” and his grandmother, Genevia Odoms and mother Breana Hicks-Odoms, displayed t-shirts emblazoned with catchy expressions. Marvon’s shirts are on sale on Facebook under Bubba Teez.

Jordan Collins, a 16-year-old artist who attends the Toledo School for the Arts, brought his drawings for visitors to admire. Jordan, an accomplished  sketcher, sells his artwork for $10 on a commissioned basis.

Akira Gross was inspired by her teacher at Rise and Shine Academy to start her own business, “paparazzi,” selling jewelry. “My teacher said you can do anything if you believe in yourself,” she said. Akira started her business in January selling jewelry on Facebook Live.

Donnetta Carter organized the Tween and Tots event and was assisted by several sponsors. WoodForest National Bank supplied literature for the youth on savings plans; Marco’s Pizza supplied the food. Annie Newell, owner/operator of Someone Prayed for Me, not only displayed her wares for guests but also offered a number of items for free to the youthful attendees.

“I want them to be able to come, touch and get the feel of shopping. Hopefully I can get them started in the right direction in their own businesses,” she said.



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