FLORENCE- Four local high school students were named winners of a YEScarolina Entrepreneurship School competition held this summer at Francis Marion University.
Nabria Beck, a senior at West Florence High School (first place); Jennifer Tanner, a junior at Wilson High School (second place); Inikkki Hanna, a junior at West Florence High School (third place); and Dedrick Lloyd, a freshman at West Florence High School (fourth place) were the winners of the three-week enrichment program aimed at teaching students how to start and operate a business. Each student received a cash prize for participating in the program.
The summer program was co-sponsored by YEScarolina and the FMU Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute (SBI).
Brianna Zhang, manager of SBI and certified entrepreneurship teacher, taught the program.
Judges for the program were Marcus Benjamin of Benjamin Consulting, LLC of Bishopville; Gerry Madison, Florence Chamber of Commerce’s Small and Minority Business director; Don Walters, owner of the Florence Mathnasium; Hubert Setzler, FMU professor of business; Susan Peters, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and marketing professor at FMU; and Jimmy Bailey, founder of YEScarolina.
Other YEScarolina Entrepreneurship School participants (West Florence High School):
· Isaiah Brown
· Shayna Foxworth
· Ashley Hawkins
· Angelica Patterson
FMU’s Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute
In addition to supporting students who are on the entrepreneurial track, the Donald E. Kelley Small Business Institute (SBI) assists small-business owners in the Pee Dee area who are in need of a helping hand to start a business plan. Part of FMU’s School of Business since 1972, the charge of SBI is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities.
YEScarolina is a nonprofit organization created to offer South Carolina educators the opportunity to utilize curriculum written by acclaimed business teacher Steve Mariotti, founder of NFTE. Through entrepreneurship education, YEScarolina helps young people from communities statewide build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity.