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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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6 Startup Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs Who Love Kids

As a child (not that long ago!) you might have known a young adult who made a massive difference in your life. Remember what it was like to think that teenagers were just the coolest? Remember what it was like to have someone older than you, who wasn’t an adult, give you attention? Not all …

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How to Talk to Strangers (About Your Business)

There’s never been a better time to be a young entrepreneur! You and your generation are shaking things up, disrupting the status quo, and changing the way business gets done. With your energy and positive attitude, the Kantner Foundation believes in the power of young entrepreneurs to lead the world into a better future! However, youth can also come …

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The Teen Bookworms’ Guide to Starting a Business

You’ll read anything, from the latest bestseller to the ingredients on a box of cereal. You’re on a first-name basis with your local librarian. You finish school-assigned reading overnight and then read five more books before the end of the week. You write book reports for fun. You’re a bookworm, and you’re proud of it. …

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4 Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success for Teens!

Today’s most influential startups might seem like overnight success stories. One day no one had ever heard of Uber, the next day they’re a household name. A young entrepreneur like you might wonder what these companies did to hit such a high level of success.     Is there a secret to entrepreneurship? Something no one’s telling you? What’s the difference …

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What Young Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Marketing Plans

Among the tools you need to become a young entrepreneur, you need a marketing plan. You may not have even heard of marketing plans. But we promise: a solid marketing plan could be the difference between your enterprise doing fine versus your enterprise blowing up the scene.   A marketing plan doesn’t have to be long, …

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4 Startup Struggles Most Young Entrepreneurs Will Face (And How to Deal with Them)

Starting a business from scratch can intimidate the most experienced entrepreneur. Throw in your youth, inexperience, lack of connections, and lack of funding and it can seem downright terrifying.   Everyone has self-doubts. And everyone has very real obstacles they need to overcome before they find the success they deserve. Here are four struggles you could …

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18 Ways Musicians Can Become Young Entrepreneurs

High schoolers who know more about music than about business can still become successful young entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is so much more than selling things. Following your passion is one of the best ways to become a young entrepreneur. By doing something you love, you are more likely to get others excited about it, too. And if you …

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Easy Ways Young Entrepreneurs Can Make Healthier Food Choices

We know how hard you work (and play!) as a young entrepreneur. High achievers like you need to stay focused, creative, and alert for most of the day, right? When you have to balance school, family, friends, and your small business startup, you need all the energy you can get. One of the best ways to keep …

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8 Young Black Entrepreneurs on the Rise

Since 1987, the Kantner Foundation has supported the dreams, drive, and determination of young entrepreneurs. We’re proud to offer college scholarships to those high school students who demonstrate a passion for free enterprise and commitment to entrepreneurship. But it’s not just our own recipients we admire. Young entrepreneurship can be found across America. As part of our …

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The 4 Entrepreneurial Secrets All Premed Students Need to Know

Just because you don’t have an M.D. after your name (yet) doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start in the medical field. National healthcare expenditure is expected to grow by about 5.4% per year through 2028. That means the best time for you to get in on the action is right now! Your dreams of becoming …

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How Much Money Do Young Entrepreneurs Need?

You have the dream and you have the drive. You know you have what it takes to become a successful young entrepreneur. Writing a business plan doesn’t scare you. Leading a team comes naturally. You can totally picture yourself as a Young Entrepreneur to Watch in Forbes Magazine.  The entrepreneurial spirit thrives in you. There’s just one …

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Young Entrepreneurs Can Have Their Best School Year Ever!

For young entrepreneurs such as yourself, the summer was probably anything but lazy and carefree. We know how hard you work. You may have networked at a summer internship. Perhaps you took summer classes to prepare for college. Or, you could have juggled several jobs at once, such as camp counselor, babysitter, and company CEO. Whatever your …

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Quick Tips for Your Best Customer Service Ever

Finding success as a young entrepreneur means being responsible for quality customer service. You may have the best product out there or offer the most in-need service. But without happy customers, you have no income.  You are the backbone of your company’s customer service practices. If you run your enterprise by yourself, then it’s all up to you. If …

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The 10 Best Business Ideas for Graphic Design Entrepreneurs

Who says you need to be a business major to make it as a young entrepreneur?  Are you a visual learner? Do you instinctively know exactly what colors go together? Do font choices keep you up at night?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a future as a graphic …

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 18 Eco-Friendly Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise, thanks in large part to young entrepreneurs like you who want to do more than start a business just to make money. A big concern for many social entrepreneurs is climate change. Thanks to you and your generation, the business landscape is changing for the better. There are green initiatives. More environment-friendly …

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How Yoga and Meditation Can Help Young Entrepreneurs

Yoga and meditation may seem like more self-care trends or passing fads. Maybe the idea of yoga gives you a mental picture of a fit soccer mom carrying a yoga mat to a high-end studio after dropping her kids off at school. Perhaps when you think of meditation, you think of a cross-legged, long-haired person …

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When the Going Gets Tough: 50 Quotes on Overcoming Failure

Starting your own business can be exciting, fun, and challenging. In fact, it should be all those things! Yet even the most successful entrepreneurs in the world have dealt with setbacks and failures. Here are their words of wisdom based on what they learned. Let these quotes inspire you when you feel like giving up, or when the …

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Burnout

As a bright, driven, and high-achieving young entrepreneur, you might already be aware of the symptoms of burnout.  Exhaustion  Feelings of isolation  Irritability  Loss of self-confidence  Headaches or other body aches  Lack of interest in things you normally enjoy  Poor self-care, including hygiene and nutrition  Depression  Sometimes the pressure for teens to succeed and achieve can …

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6 Fun Business Ideas for Animal Lovers

One of the best things about being a young entrepreneur is that you get to take something you love and make a business out of it! For those of you who love animals, starting a business can be as fun as it is rewarding and profitable.  As with their children, many adults are willing to …

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The 7 Best Post-Covid Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

As the world stretches and yawns and blinks back into existence, entrepreneurs everywhere are asking themselves, “What’s next?” As the young, up-and-coming generation of startups, you have an enormous say in what the new normal will look like. Don’t forget that it has been young entrepreneurs who stepped up and made a difference in 2020. Now …

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Is Your Business Emergency-Proof?

Any young entrepreneur who has paid attention to the news recently knows that small businesses were among the hardest hit during the COVID lockdown. Sadly, not all those businesses survived. Those that did had a few things in common. They pivoted. They got creative. They saw opportunities to solve some of the new problems that grew from …

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8 Ways to Get More Free Time

Time management is one of those skills that most people have to learn as they go along in life. Through trial and error, you develop a sense of how much time you need to complete a certain task, whether it’s finishing a paper for school or your morning routine.  For young entrepreneurs, time management is an especially …

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Stop Procrastinating and Start Making Things Happen!

Ah, procrastination. The fine art of putting off today what can (maybe?) wait until tomorrow. We’re all guilty of it, even young entrepreneurs. Sometimes procrastinating is harmless. A project’s due in six months and you start it tomorrow instead of today. Maybe something more urgent came up and you had to set your first project …

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The Value of Internships

Of all the elements in your college and scholarship applications that can help you stand out from the crowd, an internship may be the single thing that shines the brightest. Yet they are so much more than just resume and application padding. Take a look at some of the ways the right internship can help you realize your dreams …

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Inspiring Books Every Young Entrepreneur Needs to Read

Successful teens like you know that it takes more than luck and good grades to get ahead in school. You know how hard you have to work and the hours of studying you need to put in. Here at the Kantner Foundation, we love to see bright, motivated teens become outstanding young entrepreneurs. Part of achieving …

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What Does Success Look Like?

There are certain characteristics that all young entrepreneurs have in common no matter what field they are in, what their business model looks like, or what their goals are. All young entrepreneurs want to feel confident. You want to make a difference. You want to be seen, heard, and respected. And you want to succeed. It’s …

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Good Athletes Make Great Young Entrepreneurs: Here’s Why

On the surface, entrepreneurship and sports may not seem that similar. And that’s true – mostly. Look closer and you’ll see that there is tremendous overlap between sports and entrepreneurship. Both fields require focus, dedication, and persistence. Athletes often talk about the “mental” game, whether it’s strategy, pushing through “the wall,” or mental pep talks. …

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6 Things Your Customers Want (And Why It Matters)

As a young entrepreneur, you probably want your business to be successful. And a successful business relies on customers who will spend their money to buy your product or hire your service. Therefore, it is to your benefit to make your customers happy. But who are these “customers?” And how can you know what they …

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Go from Gamer to Young Entrepreneur

Video games have come a long way since the days of Atari and Pac-Man, haven’t they? Esports is the latest Gen-Z disruption to take the world by storm. Teens and young adults are forming teams and competing professionally in gaming tournaments around the world. Gaming is much more than a form of entertainment. It’s become a way …

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Shift into Your Entrepreneurial Mindset with These 5 Tips

What is an entrepreneurial mindset? It’s when you not only decide to start your own business, but you set yourself up for the success of that business. It’s the difference between teens who start a website and hope it works, versus young entrepreneurs like yourself who want to achieve something wonderful.  With an entrepreneurial mindset, you will …

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4 Business Goals for Young Entrepreneurs

So you’re starting a business. That’s great! You have your dream, you have your investors, and you have the energy. But do you have goals? We’re not just talking about “I want to be rich,” or “I want to cure cancer.” We’re talking about realistic, achievable, and specific business goals.  Before you could run you had to learn …

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Destroy Imposter Syndrome Now!

Ever win a prize but feel like you didn’t deserve it? Have you justified success by reducing all your preparation and perseverance? You may have what’s known as “Imposter Syndrome.” It’s quite common. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome this self-defeating thought pattern. WHAT IS “IMPOSTER SYNDROME?” Imposter syndrome, or “IS,” makes you feel like …

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