Te’Lario watkins | ELEVEN YEAR OLD | CEO TIGER MUSHROOM FARMS
Te’Lario Watkins II is an 11 year old mushroom farmer. He began his mushroom business after a Cub Scout project ended when he was 7 years old. Te’Lario began selling his mushrooms at local farmers markets, restaurants and small grocery stores. Te’Lario has been featured in local & national publications and media outlets. Te’Lario also had the awesome opportunity to share his mushroom business on the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Show. After the show aired, youth and adults from across the country shared how inspirational Te’Lario’s story was to them. Te'Lario has enjoyed sharing his story with local schools and community organizations. He has also had the opportunity to share his story on a panel in California at one of the largest Natural Food Expos. Te'Lario's inspirational story even reached Nigeria and he was asked to speak on a panel via Skype to help an author launch her book on entrepreneurship.
One of Te’Lario’s missions is to end hunger. Te’Lario has connected with several local food banks and donates his harvest from his garden. Te’Lario volunteers with Food Rescue US. Through Food Rescue US,he picks up unsold food from restaurants and delivers it to local food banks/pantries. Te’Lario has saved over 5,000 meals. He is also a Hunger Hero with No Kid Hungry and he helps raise awareness and funds to end childhood hunger. Te’Lario’s Eagle Scout Project will be to save 1 million pounds of food from being wasted and donate it to food banks and pantries.
Te’Lario has been in Boy Scouts since the age of six. He was recently the keynote speaker at the Boy Scouts Fundraising Luncheon. In March, Te’Lario will have the unique opportunity to represent over 2 million Scouts in Washington,D.C. Te’Lario and a small group of Scouts will deliver the “Report to the Nation” to dignitaries in Washington ,D.C.
JELANI JONES | ELEVEN YEARS OLD | CEO OF LANI BOO BATH
Jelani is a bright, energetic, and creative 11 year old girl. She has always loved mixing kitchen products together to make bath products! After years of weekend trips to the farmer's market and testing out (okay playing in) all of the scrubs, lotions, soaps and bath bombs...one of the vendors (who later became her mentor) invited her to a class to learn the skill behind making bath bombs, soaps, and other bath products. From that experience, Lani Boo Bath was born and has continued to grow!
Jelani has spent time inspiring and sharing entrepreneurial tips with young girls. She has spoken for various youth organizations and served on several panels for the empowerment of young entrepreneurs. Jelani has also been featured on The Harry Show in February 2018, the August 2017 Back To School issue of USA Today, April 2017 issue of Fredericksburg Parent Magazine, interviewed and featured as the editor's pick by the Fredericksburg Freelance Star, featured in Yahoo Canada Style, Afropunk, and various other social media outlets (see her Facebook and Instagram links @laniboobath). She most recently made the list of the 50 youngest entrepreneurs in the US (representing VA) by business.org.
Jelani inspires young girls with big dreams! She believes that with the support of your village and dedication to your goals, what seems impossible becomes possible! She encourages parents to take their kids’ dreams and ideas of entrepreneurship seriously. You never know what they can become.
Rianna Facey | NINE YEAR OLD | AUTHOR
Rianna is a 9 year old girl that began writing books at the age of 8. She published her first book titled, "The Cat That Wouldn't Go Away," January 2018. Her second book "I Have Big Dreams was published September 2018. Rianna has written a total of 5 books. Only two have been published to date.
Rianna appeared on Project Baltimore, a segment of Fox 45 News in Baltimore May 2018 to discuss her book, "The Cat That Wouldn't Go Away. In November 2018 she appeared on a local tv show called All Things Baltimore to discuss both of her books. Rianna has also been a guest on radio and You Tube shows which include The Mignon Show and Principal Principle.
Rianna has promoted and sold her books at book fairs and events which include The Soulful Chicago Book Fair, The Baltimore Book Festival, Word on the Street in Toronto, Canada, and The Baltimore Times Holiday Marketplace Extravaganza. In September 2018 an article on Rianna and her book, "The Cat That Wouldn't Go Away." was published in The Baltimore Times newspaper.
Rianna's book the "Cat That Wouldn't Go Away," is in circulation at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore City in Maryland and Baltimore County Public Library in Baltimore County in Maryland. Teachers from kindergarten to college have used her first published book in their classrooms. Cecil Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland placed her book, "The Cat That Wouldn't Go Away," in their school library November 2018.
SANIYA SYMONE SCOTT | TWELVE YEARS OLD | ceo of SYMONE’s STONES jewelry & ICONIC LEGENDS apparel
Saniya-Symone is a 12-year-old from Houston, Texas who began her aspirations of acting and modeling at the age of 5. Saniya began her quest to become an entrepreneur at 4 years old when she asked her mom if she could write a book and start a lemonade stand. Four years later, she began a children’s empowerment company with one of her good friends, Kamryn. Nicknamed “Kam & Niya”, the Kam & Niya Children Empowerment Network focuses on building a pipeline of young leaders and entrepreneurs. Through this company, Saniya travels to different conferences and schools to discuss with children about setting goals and believing that anything can be accomplished – even at a young age. Their company drew the attention of the producers of the Emmy Nominated Fox daytime talk show, “The Real” where Saniya was a guest and a Black History correspondent throughout the month of February 2016 for a segment titled, “Black HERstory”.
Saniya is the co-author and illustrator of a children’s cookbook storybook titled, Cooking in Style, which was published in January of 2016. She plays the violin and performs poetry from various historical figures such as Maya Angelou. She has performed at multiple youth conferences, school plays, and has appeared in Houston area magazines, advertisements, theatre, and runway fashion shows. Saniya has been featured on Great Day Houston, Houston’s Fox 26, ABC 13, KHOU 11, MadameNoire, Junior Style London, and was featured on the cover of the 1st issue of Mocha Kid Magazine. In 2017, Saniya had the opportunity to work as an extra on the GWN hit television series, Underground. Recently, Saniya has been featured in commercials and corporate videos for companies such as Dell Computers and MD Anderson. She is extremely active in community service as she volunteers on a regular basis at community centers and schools through a non-profit founded by her mom called, Diamond Footprints, Inc (501C3).
Saniya is the CEO of a kid’s jewelry & apparel line called, Symone’s Stones, which she donates a percentage of her profit to various charities. Although Saniya has a huge love for the arts and entrepreneurship, she wants to become a pediatrician and film director when she becomes an adult. She believes helping others and spreading love through God adds to her success.
ARIANNA FOX | TWELVE YEARS OLD | ceo of big ideas kid coaching
Known across the region as a little ball of joy and energy! Arianna Fox may come in a small package, but her ideas are as revolutionary as they are wide-reaching. For several years now, Arianna has devoted her life and much of her time to reaching out to others to spread messages of hope, inspiration, and self-confidence. Making a positive impact upon others and helping them rock their lives to maximum potential is part of this upcoming Kidpreneur’s goal for her interactions with kids, her fellow tweens, teens, adults, and all.
With her kid-tastic kapow speaking style and her ability to engage audiences of all ages, it’s easy to understand how Arianna has been able to raise her platform from her humble hometown in Delaware to a wide network online. In addition to this, Arianna has been interviewed and featured by many media outlets and is a monthly contributor for K.I.S.H. Magazine. An avid consumer of literature, Arianna first took pen to the page around the age of six and has been unstoppable ever since. Her first publication, a novel The Princess Chronicles: Not Your Average Princesses, was released in early 2017, teaching young children how to build their own character, confidence, and to create lasting friendships. Her new book, a young adult novel titled False Awakening, is currently being produced and published with great anticipation.
A social media sensation, Arianna has consulted and taught professionals how to build their networks and platforms effectively. In her own family business, SPLASH DESIGNWORKS LLC, she proudly works as Jr. Marketing Director and has also taken on the title of ‘Social Samurai’. At her young age, she is instructing and teaching adults and professionals all about Social Media management. “I came to be taught, but didn’t expect to be to actually be learning so much from someone so young,” was one comment from an attendee from one of the Social Media Workshops that she and her parents conducted. Watch out world, because here she comes, spreading her wisdom of “You Rock, Dream Big & You Got This!”
Gabriella white | twelve years old | founder & ceo of archy
Gabriella White is a Social Entrepreneur, STEAM activist, and the founder and CEO of ARCHY. Gabriella founded ARCHY to disrupt the status quo and create more diversity in the Architecture, STEAM and Design fields. Currently, she hosts ARCHY workshops in schools, summer camps and Microsoft to provide kids a glimpse of these career fields and show them that these careers are available to them too. Gabriella has been awarded a number of honors awards, and features including 2018 Oui Stem Academy Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018, a feature on LinkedIn by Future Stem Gems, and a feature on ABC local First Coast News in 2018. She was also a featured workshop facilitator at CRC Foundation Youth Camp at Microsoft in Jacksonville, Florida and speaker at the 2018 Black Interior Designer’s Network Conference. Her upcoming engagements include: Featured speaker at 10th Annual $MART Women Make Change event hosted by Junior Achievement of North Florida, featured speaker at Glam Camp 2018 in Lake Wales, Florida, featured speaker at the third annual Wonder Women Tech Conference in Long Beach, CA., and featured speaker at the 2018 Southern Women’s Show in Jacksonville Florida.
Gabriella’s future plans include the launch of her ARCHY foundation for kids in 2018-2019, and the launch of her educational product line in 2019
Gabrielle goodwin | eleven year olD | CEO OF GABBYBOWS
Named South Carolina's Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, Gabrielle along with her mom have solved the age old problem of disappearing hair Barrettes by inventing and patenting a Double Faced - Double Snap Barrette. Gabrielle's products are available in 50 Once Upon a Child stores in 16 states across the US and in Canada.
The self-proclaimed CEO, handles inventory, serves as the lead saleswoman at trade shows and is even available for bookings to speak at your next event. Gabrielle also hosts Gabby Play Dates to teach girls in children's shelters about entrepreneurship.
BRANDON & SEBASTIAn MARTINEZ | thirteen & eleven year old | DIRECTOR OF SALES & CEO of ayk socks
Founded by brother entrepreneurs, Sebastian & Brandon, Are You Kidding Socks is a company that sells colorful, fun and stylish socks for both adults and young people. 8 year old Sebastian is the CEO and designer while 10 Year old Brandon is the Director of Sales. By creating a small business, Sebastian and Brandon found a way to share their fun design with the world and raise money for charity.
They have partnered with charities such as Autism Speaks, America Cancer Society and The Live Like Bella Foundation.
Nifemi OYETAYO | eight year old | ceo of lovely beauties
Lovely Beauties by Niffy is a young, vibrant, growing business targeted at lovers of beauty, fashion and accessories. Spearheaded by the creative eight-year-old Nifemi Oyetayo, who currently makes handmade fashion accessories and daily beauty needs. The brand warehouses everyday fashion jewelry, hair accessories infused with indigenous fabrics and everyday beauty products such as hand-creams and lip shimmers.
Her passion for the jewelry making started at about five years old, Nifemi loves art, craft and fashion. She creates her versatile pieces from beads, crystals and wires which can be dressed up or down, her pieces can be worn by both young and old. She aspires to become a model and run a school to teach different crafts and creative skills, she is inspired by things around her and loves the outdoors!
JULIAN FREDERICK | Ten year old | ceo of step stool chef
Since the age of 2, Julian has had a love for cooking. He started making his own cakes at age 3. As he has gotten older, he now uses cooking as his outlet for creativity and independence. As the Head Kid Chef, he is responsible for making sure that every recipe, product recommendation and tools we use are just right for all kids.
Chef Julian was the 2016 Finalist for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge in partnership with the White House and Let’s Move Campaign, a contributor to popular blog Super Healthy Kids and serves on the Kids Advisory Board for ChopChop Magazine, an award winning kids cooking magazine. He has been featured in magazines, blogs, TV as well as selected to be the only kid chef to conduct live cooking demonstrations at several Food Festivals.
SARA ROBINSON | ELEVEN YEAR OLD | CEO OF SARA SEWS
Sara Robinson learned how to sew with her mother and quickly discovered the demand for handmade items in markets. She started Sara Sews with a sewing machine on the dining room table and one yard of fabric. Her aprons and party banners are now top sellers on Handmade at Amazon.
Sara is a 5th grader from Bremen, GA, a community with a rich history of sewing and clothing manufacturing. Located on the West Georgia Textile Trail, Sara’s hometown was once known as the “Clothing Center of the South.”
Through Sara Sews, she has learned that both girls and boys are interested in sewing. Sara now donates sewing machines and fabric to classrooms in schools around her area and to the local recreation department to give other kids the opportunity to sew.