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Build Your Mental Toughness!

We’ve never heard anyone say that being a teenager is easy. Or that starting and running a business is easy. Combine those two things as a young entrepreneur, and you’ll certainly be challenged! There’ll be detours on your entrepreneurial journey. There’ll be challenges and obstacles. You’ll have to step outside your comfort zone more than …

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Do These 8 Things Before Pitching to a Venture Capitalist

Learning how to pitch to potential investors is an important skill for all young entrepreneurs. Venture capitalists want assurance that their money is going to someone serious and committed to building their enterprise. So, what can you, as an ambitious but untested young entrepreneur, do to prepare for your first meeting with a venture capitalist?  …

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When Young Entrepreneurship Becomes a Competition 

It’s been said that a little competition is good for the soul. In business, this is especially true. Where would Coke and Pepsi be without each other? Or McDonald’s versus every other fast-food restaurant?   A little competition is healthy. You probably already know this if you’re an athlete or participate in young entrepreneurship competitions. It …

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What’s in a Name?

Think about your name. Consider what it means to you. How has it affected your life and personality so far? Do you think you’d be a different person if you had a different name? Now, think about some brand names you know. Apple. Nike. Starbucks. As soon as you see or hear these names, you …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Avoid the 7 Biggest Business Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes in life. That’s why pencils have erasers, apps have “undo” features, and stores have refunds. There’s zero shame in making mistakes. Mistakes help you learn what not to do so you can do better next time. That said, there are some mistakes in starting or running a business that are so common, …

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The Pros and Cons of Starting Your Own Podcast

Podcasts aren’t new. They’ve been around for this entire century. But they’ve never been as popular as they are now. You might listen to some for fun or as a piece of your entrepreneurial education. Have you ever thought about starting a podcast of your own? Maybe you have something to say but you’re not …

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12 Skincare and Makeup Startup Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

The beauty industry – which includes skincare and makeup – raked in an estimated 48.6 billion dollars in 2021 in the U.S. alone. Want to get in on that action? If you’re a young entrepreneur who enjoys all things makeup, skincare, and hair, read on for 12 easy ways you can monetize your interests into …

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Should You Join Someone Else’s Startup?

The world of young entrepreneurship – your world – is full of bright young students with fantastic ideas for businesses. Maybe one of your friends has an idea for a startup that sounds great to you. Or you know an adult who has just launched a business and is looking to hire you. Whatever the …

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The Best Networking Advice for Young Entrepreneurs

Being a young entrepreneur these days means you have access to an unlimited number of resources that weren’t available to your predecessors. You’re connected to a world of potential teammates, peers, rivals, mentors, and investors. Networking should be easy for you. But what if it’s not? As a teen, you may be new to the …

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11 Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs Who Love to Write

Poets, novelists, essayists, and journalists, listen up! Not only can writing earn you extra cash, but it’s one of those skills that will help you get into college (hello, essay). After college, quality writers are always in demand across an enormous spectrum of industries and fields. Ready to get started on a fulfilling and fun …

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11 Easy Ways Teens Can Make Money Right Now!

You’re too old for lemonade stands, but not old enough for a “real” job. As a young entrepreneur, you know that you need money to make money. You have big dreams of starting, launching, and successfully running your own business. But where do you get the money to get started? Here are 11 ideas to …

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Why Young Entrepreneurs Need to Open a Savings Account

Saving money for the future may seem like a thing only adults worry about. They’re closer to retirement, have more bills to pay, and have more life events to plan. Your parents may have taken care of your college savings plan themselves, leaving you free to focus on school and friends. But saving money isn’t …

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Why Dental Health Matters (and How to Take Better Care of Your Teeth)

Proper dental health seems to be one of those things that fall to the bottom of most people’s priority lists. You already know that you’re supposed to try to make better food choices, get plenty of rest, and move your body. As a young entrepreneur, you also know the best habits for developing strong leadership …

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The 9 Best Marketing Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

You don’t need to be a marketing guru or hire a top marketing agency to find success as a young entrepreneur. Right now, you already have all the tools you need to market your new small business like a pro! For those who may not know, marketing is, “…the activity, set of institutions, and processes …

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The Importance of Having Friends as a Teen

You know that your friends are already important to you. As you grow out of childhood and into adulthood, you’re learning how to make social groups with people who aren’t your family. By this stage of your life, your friends’ opinions and ideas probably have greater weight than your parents’ or teachers’. This is totally …

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7 Key Tips to Keep Your Customers Happy 

The smart young entrepreneur knows that customers are the backbone of their businesses. Happy customers will keep coming back for more and will tell their friends about your product. The happier your customers, the higher your profits, and the more you can grow your company.   Here are 7 of the very best ways to build …

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Why You Should Spend More Time with Your Family

Part of your development as a teen right now is learning how to make your own social circle. Beyond your parents and whoever they pick for your play dates, beyond your siblings, maybe even beyond your cousins, this is the time in your life to start exploring the concept of “chosen family.” Selecting friends and …

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6 Leadership Secrets for Young Entrepreneurs

Strong, quality leadership skills are some of the most important keys for young entrepreneurs to grow and develop. Good leadership is more than being the boss. It’s about courage and inspiration. Whether you’ve successfully led a team before or have never been in charge of anyone else, here are 6 of the best ways you …

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De-Stress Techniques for Busy Young Entrepreneurs

Here at the Kantner Foundation, we know how stressful life can be for young entrepreneurs. As a college-bound and high-achieving teen, your life is already full of tough classes, after-school activities, community service, and more. Starting a new small business may be your passion (as it should be), but it’s also one more thing on …

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The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Budgeting

Budgeting. Even some adults still have trouble doing it right. How is a young entrepreneur like you – still a teen and starting your very first business – supposed to learn this valuable skill? For business leaders, budgeting is more than keeping track of the money you have, the money you spend, and the money …

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How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

If you’ve never heard the phrase, “work smarter, not harder,” before, here’s what it means: when you learn how to prioritize your tasks and make the most out of the time you have for each one, you’ll become more efficient. You’ll do more and do it better. The opposite of this would be to throw …

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The Importance of Community for Young Entrepreneurs 

Being a teen in high school means you already have a built-in community. First, there’s your family. Then, there are your classmates. You have a circle of friends you socialize with regularly. Maybe you have peers from around the world with whom you interact online. You have teachers, coaches, and other adult leaders.   Community …

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12 Things Adults Wish They Knew When They Were Teens

No one ever said that growing up is easy. We know that being a teen can be fun, exciting, and adventurous. But we also know that it can be tough to straddle that line between childhood and adulthood. And while no one can see into the future and tell you exactly what to do now, …

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What’s Your Leadership Style?

Leadership is one of the most important qualities a young entrepreneur needs to develop. Almost every successful entrepreneur out there will tell you that leadership is a key component of how they made it to the top. But the word “leadership” seems so general. What does it mean? How can you apply leadership qualities to …

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What is a Business Plan, and Why Do You Need One?

When you get an idea for a business, it’s so shiny, new, and exciting that you will probably be tempted to jump right in. Why waste time, right? The sooner you start the ball rolling, the sooner you’ll become a massive entrepreneurial success, which you can put on your college application, which will help you …

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Learn to Organize Like a Pro

You wear many hats as a young entrepreneur. You’re a student, an athlete, a volunteer, a friend, a sibling, a child, and a CEO. Managing your time may seem like an impossible task, especially at the beginning and end of school years. Everyone feels overwhelmed at times, but it’s not the end of the world. …

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10 Signs You’ve Become Successful 

Being a high-achieving, college-bound young entrepreneur means more than taking all AP classes. It means starting a business and working hard to see it succeed. But aside from an email inbox full of acceptance letters and a shelf full of trophies, how do you recognize when your enterprise has reached something you can truly call …

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These 6 Qualities Will Get You the Respect You Deserve 

Here at the Kantner Foundation, we know that young entrepreneurs like you are some of the hardest-working teens in the world. It’s not easy to build a successful business out of nothing. And it’s even harder while juggling school, college prep, and a social life! That’s why we feel it’s important you get the respect …

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How to Crush Your Fear of Failure

WHAT IS FEAR OF FAILURE? While the phrase alone might seem obvious – especially for high-achieving young entrepreneurs like you who are used to success – there are different types of fear of failure (atychiphobia). In no particular order, fear of failure can mean: Fear of looking bad in front of others Fear of not …

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Use Your Unique Talent to Make Money! 

For ambitious young entrepreneurs like you, starting a small business may seem like a wonderful idea to make extra money, network with professionals in your field, and boost your college applications. And you’re right! Entrepreneurship is a fantastic way for young people to do all those things, plus learn valuable life skills.   There’s never been …

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11 Great Books for Young Entrepreneurs

Consider yourself lucky to be a young entrepreneur at a time when you have a world of knowledge at your fingertips. From Google to podcasts, anything and everything you could ever want to know about entrepreneurship is right there. It may seem like books are quaint, old-fashioned notions that have no relevance in modern entrepreneurship, …

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Be Prepared for These 4 Entrepreneurial Challenges

You didn’t become a young entrepreneur because it seemed easy, right? We here at the Kantner Foundation know quite well how hard young entrepreneurs work at everything they do, from athletics to running a business. You rise to every challenge you face. You earn every success. In some ways, entrepreneurship is no different than any …

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The Best Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Entrepreneurs 

If you’re a college-bound young entrepreneur, what better way to prepare for life after high school than with a summer program on a college campus? Many colleges offer summer programs that can give you:  Real-world experience  On-campus college experience (dorm life!)  Networking  Finding mentors  Meeting like-minded young entrepreneurs from around the country  Expert guidance and …

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7 Tips to Manage Stress for Teens

For a lot of us, it feels like massive amounts of stress are simply a fact of life these days. If you’re feeling more stress, anxiety, and general overwhelmed-ness lately, you’re not alone: as of spring 2022, a majority of Americans feel completely stressed out. Why? Take your pick: World events The pandemic Money Cost …

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The 6 Qualities That Make a Successful Young Entrepreneur 

Every young entrepreneur is different, and every entrepreneurial journey is unique. You might invent a new product, provide a needed service, or build your small business doing something else entirely. Whatever it is you set your mind to do, we know you want to succeed.   But no matter what your field of interest is, there …

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Become A Better Young Entrepreneur Through Movement!

As a student, you probably already move around plenty during the day: changing classes, PE, maybe walking to and from school. Did you know that all that physical activity is not only good for your body but good for your brain, too? The well-studied benefits of physical activity on your mind include:  Increased blood flow …

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How Internships Help Young Entrepreneurs

The road to successful young entrepreneurship can take many forms: inventing something people want, filling a need, or helping other young entrepreneurs.   And then there are internships.  We know that readers of our blog are highly ambitious, bright, energized, and college-bound. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should consider an internship …

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Find Your Target Audience in 4 Steps

Being a young entrepreneur means you have a product or service to sell. That product or service might be the best thing in the world, but if you’re not selling to your target audience you may be missing out on the success you deserve.   What do we mean by “target audience?” Let’s use an example.  …

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How (and why) to Improve Your Communication Skills

What comes to mind when you think about communication? Confirming plans with friends? Emailing a teacher for help with an assignment? Understanding what your parents want from you?   Communication is all these things. But good communication is so much more than a simple transfer of information.   What does good communication mean? It means making yourself …

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You are the Future of Entrepreneurship!

If there’s one constant in life, it’s change. Life today is hardly the way it was a hundred years ago or even ten years ago. Fields such as medicine, technology, education, and business are constantly evolving. Progress moves forward, always. And that’s why you, Young Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, are the future of entrepreneurship!  The world of …

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Advice from the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs

We know that young entrepreneurs like you are bright, energetic, and driven. We know that you are college-bound and high-achieving, with dreams of changing the world.   We also know that sometimes even the most driven and energetic young entrepreneurs need extra motivation now and then. Staying focused every single day can test the strongest among …

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How to Write a Business Plan Quickly and Easily 

Having a good idea for a new business is the first step in your journey as a young entrepreneur. The rest will require some planning. That’s where a business plan comes in. While the term “business plan” may sound like a lot of work, you don’t need to overthink it. Simple business plans are designed …

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6 Ways to Develop Strong Leadership Skills

Leadership is a skill that all young entrepreneurs need in their toolboxes. Why is leadership so important? Stephen Covey, business mogul and author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” says that:  “Leadership…comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, and treating people with respect.”  In your entrepreneurial toolbox, there are several …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Turn TikTok into a Business Tool!

TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms for young people out there today. You already know that, right? But did you know that TikTok can be a valuable tool for your small business?   Imagine taking something you’re already familiar with and good at and making it work for you. TikTok has a …

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Social Media Insight for Young Entrepreneurs

We have no doubt you are already fluent in several forms of social media. In fact, you might not be able to remember a life without it!   For the past decade or so, young people aren’t the only ones dominating social media platforms. Businesses of all sizes have created accounts on Twitter, TikTok, SnapChat, and …

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The Best Self-Care Tips for Avoiding Burnout

We know that young entrepreneurs work hard at everything they do. You take all the best classes, study for every test, give your all to every team, and go the extra mile for every extra-curricular. You’re high-achieving and college-bound, with dreams of success in your future.  But sometimes all that hard work can drain you …

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Should You Ever Take ‘No’ for an Answer? (Sometimes. Here’s When and Why.)

We all know that in everyday life there are times when you need to take “no” for an answer. Learning how to respect boundaries and walk away is crucial for being a decent human being in this world.    Young entrepreneurs, though, are constantly told that they should be persistent and driven to be successful. Even …

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10 Businesses Young Entrepreneurs Can Start for Free (or Almost Free)

There’s that old saying, “It takes money to make money.” But how do you start a business if you don’t have money? It’s one thing if you’re an adult who has already been in the workforce for a while. They might have savings or credit cards they can use to start up a new enterprise.  …

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The Best Evening Habits for Young Entrepreneurs

Morning habits are important for young entrepreneurs who want to achieve maximum success in school, business, and life. But what about the evenings? Are there ways to optimize the end of your day? Short answer: yes!   Just as your morning routine helps you prepare for the day ahead, a good evening routine will help you …

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10 Inspiring Young Latinx Entrepreneurs

The rise of young entrepreneurs in the 21st century has signaled an important change in the way companies around the world do business. Diverse young entrepreneurs are taking over and showing their predecessors new and exciting ways of getting things done. Social media has a lot to do with helping young people like you start …

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Why Young Entrepreneurs Need Good Friend Squads

Here at the Kantner Foundation, we know how important it is for high-achieving, college-bound young entrepreneurs like you to take all the AP classes, join all the after-school clubs, and play all the sports. We know you want to make your college application as shiny and inviting as possible. You’re a superstar student! Getting into …

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The 5 Personality Traits All Successful Young Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Many factors will dictate how well you succeed as a young entrepreneur. Luck. Preparation. Hard work. Timing.  There’s also personality. The most successful entrepreneurs in the world share a handful of personality traits. Traits like perseverance and self-motivation. By looking at what successful entrepreneurs have in common – throughout history and across cultures – you …

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Should You Join a Startup? Pros and Cons for Young Entrepreneurs

Who says that being a young entrepreneur means you have to do all the work yourself? There’s no law out there forcing you to come up with an idea and launch a startup yourself. You have unique skills and talents that might be better suited to joining an established startup. But how do you know …

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Grow Your Small Business for FREE — RIGHT NOW!

So. You’ve taken the first steps on your entrepreneurial journey. You’ve written up a business plan and done your research. The business is fully launched, complete with a brand, designated social media accounts, and your first customers. You’ve done it: you’re a young entrepreneur!  Now what?  The next step for most entrepreneurial journeys is growing …

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The Top 7 Global Young Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2022

Young entrepreneurship is not unique to the United States. Teens and twentysomethings from all over the world have been working hard to change lives for the better. Some of them have created technology and companies that will not only help their immediate communities but the entire world.   All of the young entrepreneurs listed below are …

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What Young Entrepreneurs Need to Do to Start a Small Business

Congratulations! If you’ve made it to this website, chances are you’re already interested in becoming a young entrepreneur. Here at the Kantner Foundation, we encourage and celebrate young entrepreneurs who change the world with their ideas and energy!    Starting a new business from scratch isn’t easy, especially for high schoolers. But we believe in the power …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Have a Healthy, Balanced Life

Your teen years are one of those times when your entire self – your body, your mind, and your emotions – are in a state of constant flux. You’re not a child anymore, but you are not yet a fully formed adult. There are times when you probably feel very independent of your parents, confident …

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How AI Will Impact Your Future as a Young Entrepreneur

If you’ve ever asked Siri a question, requested Alexa to play your favorite song, or made use of Google Assistant, then you’ve used Artificial Intelligence, or AI. Once upon a time, AI was considered 100% science fiction. In some ways it still is! But AI has come a long way from the days of movies …

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The Best Startup Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs Who Love Working with Senior Citizens

While Gen-Z and the ones coming up after them are leading the way in business and tech, there are still over 75 million senior citizens in the United States today. By “senior citizen,” we mean anyone aged 65 and older. Every day, advances in medicine and research extend Americans’ lifespans by months, years, even decades. …

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What Do the “-tech” Nicknames Mean, and Should You Start One?

Fintech. Edtech. Femtech. Along your path as a young entrepreneur, you’ve probably encountered words like these. You’re smart enough that you can probably infer what some of them mean: financial technology, educational technology, and — old-fashioned and binary though it may be — femtech for technology aimed at women.  These words are what’s known as …

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Everything Young Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Venture Capital

Throughout your career as a young entrepreneur, you’ve likely come across the term “venture capital” once or twice. You know it’s important. You’re almost certain you need some. But what is it, exactly? And how can you get the venture capital you need to launch your small business?  FIRST THINGS FIRST  What is venture capital, …

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5 Time-Saving Productivity Hacks for Young Entrepreneurs

High school entrepreneurs like you probably don’t worry about boredom or an excess of free time. Free time? What’s that? At the Kantner Foundation, we respect and honor young entrepreneurs. And we know that students like you are high achievers with a lot on their plates. School. Homework. Volunteering. Sports. Clubs. Family. Friends. College applications. …

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Young Entrepreneur vs Business Owner: Which One Are You? 

The terms “young entrepreneur” and “small business owner” seem to be synonymous with one another. After all, what is a young entrepreneur besides someone who owns a small business? And what’s a small business owner if not someone with an entrepreneurial spirit? Even on The Kantner Foundation Scholarship blog, we’ve used the two terms interchangeably.  …

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What’s an Entrepreneurial Starter Kit, and Do You Need One?

Wanting to be a young entrepreneur is a wonderful goal! The Kantner Foundation strongly believes in the ability of youth to innovate, disrupt, and change the business world for the better. Entrepreneurship is the engine that moves progress.   But what happens if you have the energy and ambition, but don’t know where to start your …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Grow into Successful Business Leaders

Creating and launching a startup to become a young entrepreneur is one thing. Becoming a successful business leader is another. You can think of it as the next step in your entrepreneurial journey.  WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS LEADER  The exact definition of success may be different for everyone. However, most entrepreneurs …

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5 Great Entrepreneurship Ideas for Future Politicians

You’ve been on the student council since second grade. Your campaign posters are made by professionals. When you walk down the halls of your school, everyone knows your name. Not only are you president of your class, but the president of every single club you’re in. You’re a natural politician.  Or maybe not? Maybe you …

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A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Building Your Best Website Ever 

As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And according to this statistic, you have approximately 50 milliseconds to make a first impression with your website. For a small business young entrepreneur like you, those 50 precious milliseconds can make the difference between gaining new customers or …

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The Top 5 Fun Ways to Boost Your Sales Right Now!

Whether you are just starting or your business sales have stagnated, every young entrepreneur could use a little help. Across all fields and types of businesses, you need to retain existing customers while acquiring new ones.  You don’t want to spend all your investment capital on advertising. But you do need to get the word …

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Business Terms 101 for Ambitious Young Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs are not made overnight. It takes a great deal of thought, planning, time, and energy to walk that path of entrepreneurship. Along the way, you’re likely to hear some common business terms thrown around.   Whether you’re networking with potential investors, writing up a business plan, practicing a sales pitch, building your website, or …

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What to Do When Your Parents Expect You to Join the Family Business

There are as many reasons to become a young entrepreneur as there are young entrepreneurs in the world. One reason might be that you intend to join your family’s business or otherwise improve it in some way. As a member of Gen-Z, you can probably look at the business built by your great-grandparents and see …

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5 Types of People Every Young Entrepreneur Needs on Their Team

For aspiring young entrepreneurs, the journey from idea to business success may seem a bit daunting. We know there’s a lot you’re thinking about and a lot to get done. That’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with people who can help you along the way.  You probably already have at least one of …

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The Best Inspirational Quotes on Leadership for Young Entrepreneurs

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the United States  “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” – George Washington Carver, American scientist  “You manage things; you lead people.” – Rear Admiral Grace Murray …

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Why LinkedIn Might be a Young Entrepreneur’s Best Friend

Young entrepreneurs are no strangers to social media. Back in the earliest days of social media – before it was even called that – LinkedIn came on the scene to connect professionals around the world. A sort of online global networking party, if you will.   Fast forward to 2020, and LinkedIn boasts over 690 million …

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The Best Nighttime Routines for Maximum Success

“By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.”  -Ariana Huffington  Quality sleep is essential for your health and well-being. You know this. …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Identify Successful Business Ideas 

One reason why young entrepreneurs are so powerful and successful is that they’re full of ideas. You’re a natural problem-solver, and when you see a problem in your everyday life you have several ideas for how to solve it. Or you’ve seen someone struggle with the same issue every day and know how to make …

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5 Tips to Grow and Expand Your Small Business

Think back to when your dreams of becoming a young entrepreneur. What did you hope to get out of your journey? How far into the future did you write your business plan? Which goals did you set for yourself and your business?   When just starting, young entrepreneurs may not be thinking about the growth and expansion of their …

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The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Young Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs aren’t born into success. Entrepreneurial success, however you define it, comes from hard work. Part of that hard work is developing habits that will guide you on the right path. Being a young entrepreneur means you are in an ideal position to define, develop, and adopt the best habits for your career.   Some of these …

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Why You Need to Take a Break Once in a While

Unlike their older entrepreneurial peers, young entrepreneurs have a lot more on their plate that needs constant attention. School. Friends. Activism. Homework. Your business. Your family. On top of all that, college-bound young entrepreneurs like you likely keep up with the news, which isn’t always positive. Social media can get overwhelming. And we’re all still dealing with …

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5 Apps for Healthy and Happy and Young Entrepreneurs

No matter how busy you may be as a young entrepreneur, it’s important to prioritize your health and well-being. But where do even the smartest, most ambitious teens go to take better care of themselves? Apps, of course!  Go beyond your school’s health classes and try these apps to maximize your well-being. Learn how to ignore …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Make Good Decisions

Teen entrepreneurs are in unique positions when it comes to making decisions. On the one hand, you’re old enough to know that decisions have consequences. You’re smart enough to realize you might need help. But you’re also young and inexperienced, which means you may not fully understand the consequences of your decisions. And you may …

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The 4 Best Online Marketplaces for Young Entrepreneurs

Creating a unique, helpful, and life-changing product is only half the battle for young entrepreneurs hoping to make a name for themselves. You still have to sell that product. And selling online can overwhelming when it comes to choices. What’s the difference between Etsy and Shopify? Will you have to pay? If so, how much? Do you need to hire …

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How “Impact Words” Can Level Up Your Marketing

Here at the Kantner Foundation, we know that if you’re probably bright, motivated, and ambitious. You’re a young entrepreneur with a successful future ahead and a knack for making positive impacts on the world. This is why we know you don’t turn in your English assignments with sentences like, “I read this book. It was good. …

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Evergreen Business Ideas Young Entrepreneurs Must Consider

What does “evergreen” mean when it comes to business? The term comes from nature, from trees and plants that don’t change color in the fall. For young entrepreneurs, an evergreen business will stay relevant over a long period of time.   Think of it like this: back in the early 2000s, the Nintendo DS became a …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Network Like the Pros

Successful businesses don’t exist in a vacuum. Everyone needs help, from the planning stages to growth and expansion. For young entrepreneurs, especially, your connections might be the key difference between getting your business off the ground or not.  Gaining connections means using effective networking practices. For those of you who have yet to work a …

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Get Real About Your Startup Timeline

When you have a fantastic idea for a business, it may seem like waiting even a few days to see it succeed is too long. Why wait to show the world your brilliance and talent?  While we here at the Kantner Foundation agree that young entrepreneurs shouldn’t procrastinate, we also know that success is built over time. Even companies …

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7 Ideas for Fashionable Young Entrepreneurs

The world of fashion is a heady mix of art, style, and business. In 2019 alone, global sales of clothes and shoes topped 1.9 trillion dollars. Why shouldn’t you get your piece of that?  Fashion and style are among those things that not everyone understands. Matching a dress with the exact right shoes can be a challenge. The average …

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6 Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs You Need To Know

Social entrepreneurship is more than a passing trend. It’s a new way of life and of business. As more and more companies realize the importance of giving back, young entrepreneurs are having a major impact on the world of business. Thanks to Gen-Z, startups are becoming synonymous with community initiatives and charitable giving. Here at the …

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Tight Ten: Your 10-Minute Sales Pitch

In the comedy world, there’s something known as a “Tight 5.” That’s a 5-minute set of prepared jokes and stories told in a way that makes sense and keeps the audience engaged.   Young entrepreneurs can learn a lot about developing a set from comedians. Why? Because, like stand-up comics, you need to know what you’re going to say …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Use Color to Boost Their Businesses

As you develop your marketing plan, one of the things you’ll need to decide is your company’s logo. And when designing that logo – or working with a designer – consider the power of color psychology. Plainly stated, color psychology is the subtle science of triggering certain reactions in people’s brains and bodies to get the desired …

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Why You Need to Stay Creative in Business

Apple. McDonald’s. Starbucks. Uber. We’re sure you know all these brands. But have you ever thought about how each of these major companies became household names? There’s a one-word answer for that: Creativity. As the world moved changed, each of these businesses adapted to it. Apple never made just computers. McDonald’s never sold just hamburgers. Starbucks…well, you get the point. The …

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Create Your Best Personal Brand for Maximum Success

Your brand is the first point of contact between potential customers and your business. Creating and building a brand is an important task for any young entrepreneur who wants to be taken seriously. It should be at the top of your marketing plan so that you can attract the customers you want as soon as you launch.  …

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The Best Colleges for Young Entrepreneurs

If you’ve been reading the Kantner Foundation blog, you know that we love supporting young entrepreneurs. Since 1987, we’ve made it a point to encourage kid- and teen-preneurs to follow their passions, build their enterprises, and realize their dreams of business success across a wide spectrum of fields. As a scholarship foundation, we know that our young entrepreneurs are already planning for the future. Those …

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12 Outdoor Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

There’s nothing like fresh air and sunshine, is there? Not every young entrepreneur is meant to stay indoors looking at a computer screen all day. Some of you prefer to feel the grass under your feet, dirt under your fingernails, and a cool breeze on your faces. These jobs will make you money while you …

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The Extracurricular Activities Every Young Entrepreneur Needs to Try

One of the benefits of extracurricular activities is that they look good on your college application. Colleges (and scholarship foundations!) want students who are well-rounded leaders among their peers and in their communities. But college applications aren’t the only reason young entrepreneurs should join certain extracurriculars. They can also help you network, build your business, and develop the …

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6 Things Young Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Social Media Influencers

Influencers. They’re everywhere! Do you even remember what life was like before they were a thing? When you think about it, influencers are a type of entrepreneur. They have brands. They market. They sell. The really successful ones wind up dominating their chosen fields. Not all entrepreneurs are influencers, but nearly all influencers are entrepreneurs. …

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The 7 Best Podcasts for Young Entrepreneurs

Are there enough podcasts in the world? Maybe. Can some of them help young entrepreneurs like you? Definitely! Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn a lot of information quickly and in an entertaining way.   The Kantner Foundation knows you don’t have tons of free time. We’ve sifted through the hundreds (thousands?) of podcasts out there …

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Young Entrepreneurs Who Became Millionaires in Their 20s

Becoming a millionaire before you turn 30 is an exciting goal! Thanks to unprecedented opportunities, technology, and entrepreneurship programs, that goal is not impossible. Many of the twentysomething millionaires listed below started their enterprises while still in their teens. While reading this list, notice what all these inspiring young entrepreneurs have in common. Motivation. Drive. Passion. …

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Why Young Entrepreneurs Need to Be Good Leaders

Entrepreneurship and leadership go hand in hand. Every young entrepreneur needs to understand the qualities of strong leadership if they want to succeed. Why? Because it’s highly unlikely you will never encounter other people while running your business. While it may not seem like leadership applies to customers and investors, trust us: it does. Leadership …

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The 6 Things Every Young Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Finance

Financial know-how is one of the most important aspects of entrepreneurship. It’s right up there with passion, creativity, and leadership. A good grasp of finance helps you know what kind of investment you need, how to price your product, what to do with profit, and how to keep your business from going broke.  However, financial skills don’t …

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Why Young Entrepreneurs Make the BEST Entrepreneurs!

Once upon a time, young people like you were expected to focus on school, go to college, major in something practical, and then get a steady job. From there you would work your way up the corporate ladder, get married, have kids, and retire at the age of 65.  We don’t need to tell YOU …

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