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What is Entrepreneurship?

Here at the Kantner Foundation, we celebrate young entrepreneurs. But what, exactly, is entrepreneurship? How can you get started? The Center for American Entrepreneurship defines entrepreneurship as: “…the process of starting and developing a company, with the aim of delivering something new or improved to the market, or by organizing the means of production in

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Follow Your Heart, Start a Business

For too many previous incarnations, running a business meant focusing on profit and growth. Social issues, community involvement, and sustainability were thought to be the exclusive purview of the non-profit sector. Thankfully, these days that is no longer the case.   While Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has been successfully balancing social initiatives with business profits

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Marketing Ideas Anyone Can Use

One of your most important keys to success as a young entrepreneur is marketing yourself and your business. While online ads may be outside your budget, there are a few things you can do that are inexpensive yet effective. In fact, some of these ideas cost nothing but a little time and energy – and don’t require any special training on your

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Morning Habits for Young Entrepreneurs

Mornings are important, especially for young entrepreneurs. How you wake up and get started can set the tone for the entire rest of your day. Make sure you are prep for success by creating a regular morning routine and following it.   While it might appear that we’ve listed a lot of things to remember in the

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How (and Why) to Find Your Mentor

What is a Mentor? Why Do You Need One?   Young entrepreneurs are, by their very nature, bright and ambitious go-getters. The Kantner Foundation respects all the hard work you put into everything you do: school, community, sports, and your business. However, starting an enterprise from scratch, no matter how much research you do, isn’t easy.   There are common mistakes that nearly

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How to Start Your Small Business NOW!

The world needs you! Young entrepreneurs are the future of business. There’s no better time to move forward with your startup than right now.   Before diving into the business world headfirst with your eyes closed, slow down, take a deep breath, and read the steps below. This won’t slow you down as much as you

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How Young Entrepreneurs Made a Difference in 2020

By all accounts, 2020 was a year of seismic changes to nearly every aspect of life around the globe. Students of all ages were forced to grapple with an entirely new way of learning, and the full impact of the 2020-2021 school year has yet to be measured. For high schoolers, distance or hybrid learning has

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3 Things Young Entrepreneurs Can Learn from the Past

In early December 2020, the New York Times published this piece on a 1,020-year-old mochi shop in Kyoto, Japan. The shop stands out because the idea of a company staying in business for so long seems not only unlikely but impossible. Today, the average lifespan for a business is 15 years; it wouldn’t survive past 8th grade.   This is why young

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6 Qualities of a Strong Team Leader

Being a successful young entrepreneur will mean, at some point or other on your path, that you will lead a team. How do you become a strong and inspiring leader? Read on for advice from those who have been there. See if you can spot any common traits…  Focus on Yourself, Then You Can Focus on Others 

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What to Know Before You Write a Business Plan

What is a Business Plan? Before you start your business, you’ll need a plan. In the simplest terms, a business plan is a document that contains the steps you’ll take to start a business and succeed with your idea. Think of it like a roadmap and guidebook combined: your goals, your financial plan, your marketing

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Turn Your Passion Into a Project

You are a young entrepreneur: you are driven, energetic, bright, and passionate. At your age, you are well aware of the challenges facing the world right now. Entrepreneurs like you know how to face those challenges with grit, determination, and creativity. There is absolutely no reason why you can’t take your passion and turn it

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4 Ways Young Entrepreneurs Can Build Resilience

Resilience, or mental toughness, is one of the key traits you’ll find in most successful entrepreneurs. Success doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen without hard work and the ability to overcome setbacks and failures. Our very own founder, Woodrow Kantner, showed amazing resilience throughout his life. Some people are born with natural resilience. Maybe

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Self-Care Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

1. Plan for Health and Wellness As a young entrepreneur, you already know the importance of making a plan. You know that you need an overall goal to focus on reaching as well as micro-tasks that will help you take the necessary steps to reach that goal.Your health and well-being should be no different. Although

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Why Learn Entrepreneurial Skills?

One hundred years ago, what did your great-great-grandparents do for a living? What about your grandparents back in the 1970s and 80s? Chances are they had a career that either no longer exists, or has changed so drastically that they wouldn’t recognize it today. According to BBC Business news, in the 1920s the average lifespan

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Tips for High School Entrepreneurs

You young entrepreneurs have the unique ability to take advantage of the extra time you have on your hands to figure out how to be successful at a startup. Here are a few tips we’ve compiled to help you on your way to becoming a successful high school entrepreneur: 1. Get comfortable taking risks. Face it—nobody

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The Three W’s of Youth Entrepreneurship

So you have a big dream and lots of energy to get started running your own business. That’s exciting! In the U.K. alone, the registration organization Companies House has seen a 35% increase in company directors aged 16-24 since 2014. It’s a great time for young people to become entrepreneurs!If you’re ready to make your

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Advice for Young Tech Entrepreneurs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Technology Occupations are expected to grow 11% by 2029. Every aspect of tech jobs will need leaders and creators, from network engineers to database administrators. Why not you? Young entrepreneurs such as yourself can make a huge impact in the tech industry, regardless of

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12 Daily Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

Becoming a successful young entrepreneur doesn’t happen overnight. If you are in the middle of building your business, or even just starting out, you probably already know this. You probably also know that there are certain things all successful entrepreneurs have in common. Start doing these 12 things as soon as possible (if you aren’t

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Finding a Healthy Balance Between Work and School

As a fulltime college student and a fledgling entrepreneur, you will encounter a unique set of challenges along the way to fulfilling your goals. You’ll want to take care to avoid overtaxing yourself but at the same time give both aspects of your life the energy and effort you need to for success. We’ve compiled

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Tips for Students Starting a Business

From your days of 25-cent homemade lemonade stands to offering to mow your neighbor’s lawns for a few dollars, the efforts you make as a youngster to creatively make some money are steppingstones to having your own sustainable business. Kids are natural entrepreneurs. Yet, too often, as we enter high school and schooling intensifies (AP

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Tips for Daily Action for Young Entrepreneurs

The choices you make on a daily basis determine how successful your business becomes. If you actively put forth the effort to take your business forward and improve your own skills, you are far more likely to get where you want to be when you want to be there. The opposite is true, too, though:

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Legal Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Once you’ve decided to start your own business, you might have the urge to jump right into it and make your dream a reality. It’s important to consider a few implications of having your own business, however, before you go full speed ahead. A legitimate, recognized business needs to meet a few initial legal requirements

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5 Non-Obvious Books for Young Entrepreneurs

Having been inspired to become a young entrepreneur, you’ve no doubt already started your journey of learning and self-discovery. There is so much out there for young entrepreneurs to learn! At times you probably feel completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of text out there aimed at people like you: young, hungry, and ready for

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6 Essential Keys to Success for Entrepreneurs

While the business world may seem like it’s full of overnight success stories, the fact is that very few, if any, famous entrepreneurs made a name for themselves by sheer luck. It takes focus, perseverance, and skill to start and maintain a new business; even more so to make that business a success. Here are

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