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JA Fellows and Entrepreneurship

I’ve blogged before on how effective the Junior Achievement (JA) Fellows program is at introducing high school students to business ownership and management and fostering entrepreneurship from an early age. It really is a great hands-on entrepreneurship training program. I’ve even written how the JA Fellows program can also be advantageous for volunteers who are just starting out as entrepreneurs or who work for large companies and are considering entrepreneurship. The JA Fellows program walks you through the entire process from raising capital through selling stock to unwinding and liquidating the business. It’s a superb program and I’m happy to call myself a volunteer.

This past year I volunteered with a group that came up with a product, ReZold, after several weeks of trying to do another product. The initial product took more time and effort than initially anticipated and had way too many variables. I thought this was an excellent real-life learning situation for them. Due to my travel schedule, although I had been with the group since October and had many returnees from the previous year, for which I was also a volunteer, I had to resign in late January. I didn’t think it was fair for people to count on me when I couldn’t say definitively whether I’d be there or not. C’est la vie.

The great news is that my former group, ReZold, went on to win the “innovative” category in the city wide JA Fellows competition. And they were ranked in the top 3 submissions so my group (former group) is headed to Washington, DC for the North American championship. There’s a wonderful article about them in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Young Entrepeneurs Tout Summer Vocation.

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About Tiffany C. Wright

Hi! I,Tiffany C. Wright, am the author of the ebook, "Help! I Need Money for My Business Now!!" and the book "Solving the Capital Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses", available on Amazon. I am the president of Toca Family Business Services, a short-term & project-based interim management & strategic and financial advisory firm, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past five years I've helped small and medium companies restructure and obtain over $31 Million in financing and a similar amount in purchase orders and contracts. I have an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Personal: I enjoy investing. I am a prodigious reader of everything from business books, magazines, and newspapers to horror and popular fiction. I read 4-6 books per month. I also love to travel. I've been to 33 countries on 5 continents and lived in Japan for 2.5 years and aim for a foreign locale twice a year. I am also an athlete and run track on the Master's Circuit. The highlight was placing 7th in my age group in the 2007 World Master's Track and Field Championships in Italy.

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The Resourceful CEO, Tiffany C. Wright

the president of Toca Family Business Services, a strategic and financial advisory firm which provides short-term & project-based C-level management. She is the author of Solving the Financial Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses, available on Amazon.

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