David A, Co-CEO of EcoZoom

Over the next few weeks leading up to NFTE NY Metro’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Semi-Finals happening June 4th, we will be profiling every student participating in YEC. Stay Tuned. Today, we are profiling David A and Dominic D, Co-CEOs of EcoZoom.

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David is a co-founder of EcoZoom, which aims to make the environment greener and introduce an innovative design to the transportation industry. EcoZoom is a manufacturing business that manufactures rideable recycled products that allow you to enjoy the outdoors. David and Dominic, co-founders of EcoZoom, have realized that owning an Eco-Friendly mode of transportation does not only make the environment greener but also reduces air pollution. David and Dominic are qualified to run EcoZoom because they live in New York City where they use public transportation daily; they easily see what problems need to be fixed and how to make the environment greener. David is a tenth grader attending the High School of Economics and Finance who looks forward to studying Criminal Justice and preserving the future business of EcoZoom.

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Dominic D, Co-CEO of EcoZoom

Over the next few weeks leading up to NFTE NY Metro’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Semi-Finals happening June 4th, we will be profiling every student participating in YEC. Stay Tuned. Today, we are profiling David A and Dominic D, Co-CEOs of EcoZoom.

Domic_D_PicDominic is a co-founder of EcoZoom, which aims to make the environment greener and introduce an innovative design to the transportation industry. EcoZoom is a manufacturing business that manufactures rideable recycled products that allow you to enjoy the outdoors. Dominic and David, co-founders of EcoZoom, have realized that owning an Eco-Friendly mode of transportation does not only make the environment greener but also reduces air pollution. Dominic and David are qualified to run EcoZoom because they live in New York City where they use public transportation daily; they easily see what problems need to be fixed and how to make the environment greener. Dominic is a tenth graders attending the High School of Economics and Finance and would like to attend college and graduate to pursue a career in an Eco-Friendly field.

Adrian M, CEO of A&D Filing

Over the next few weeks leading up to NFTE NY Metro’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Semi-Finals happening June 4th, we will be profiling every student participating in YEC. Stay Tuned. Today, we are profiling Adrian M, CEO of A&D Filing.

Adrian M, CEO of A&D Filing

Adrian is currently a senior at Bronx Aerospace High School and resides in the Bronx, New York. Adrian is currently working on a startup business, A&D Filing, which will help improve the efficiency and organization of staff and teachers at public and private schools. As a student, Adrian has personally witnessed the frustration teachers and staff go through with a cluttered workspace. Adrian hopes to address this situation with his business by providing filing and other cleaning and organization services. In the future, Adrian hopes to obtain a PhD in marine Biology at Hawaii Pacific University.

Building an Entrepreneur’s Credibility

Cindy Morand
by Cindy Morand

Credibility is extremely important to the success of any entrepreneur. Individuals do business with people they trust and believe in. So how can a young entrepreneur gain the respect and credibility from customers and future investors?

1. Become an Expert of the Product or Service You are Selling

It is of extreme importance to obtain training in order to improve the goods and services you offer so that customers begin to trust you and ultimately choose your product. Analyzing trends in the market, learning more about your product, and attending workshops/informational events about your industry are ways in which to accomplish this goal.

2. Have Strong Communication Skills

The ability to communicate with clients is crucial when it comes to building trust and establishing a good rapport. Therefore, a client’s concerns, suggestions, and e-mails should be replied to in a professional and promptly manner. In addition, one can take business writing classes to improve the messages conveyed in proposals, business plans, and when marketing new ideas to clients.

3. Obtain Professional Experience

Being young, in the minds of adults, can be interpreted as having a lack of professional experience. And so, it is strongly suggested that you obtain an internship or position in an organization that allows you to display your leadership abilities and that exposes you to working in a team environment. In addition, an internship is the perfect way to learn first-hand how a business is conducted. Moreover, a leadership position in an organization may allow you to create ideas and to gain experience implementing them.

4. Pursue Higher Education

While a college degree is not required for an entrepreneur, it is strongly recommended that one attends college, as individuals will be more likely to trust you and your training in your chosen field. While in college, an entrepreneur can explore various subjects, careers, paths, and participate in student organizations. Therefore, investors and clients are more likely to trust someone well educated.

5. Innovate

It is always important to show your customers that you are ahead of the trends, innovating, coming up with new ideas, and researching ways to improve your products and services. Most importantly, when you innovate, the passion you possess for your business becomes so evident that people start believing in your mission.

A young entrepreneur can gain the trust and respect from investors and clients as long as their credibility is high and they continue to improve their product or service.

Cindy Morand participated in the NFTE Biz Camp program at New York University. While pursuing her entrepreneurial aspirations, she was published in the book, Red: The Next Generation of American Writers. Her banking career includes work experience and internships with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, CNBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and CIT Group. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with honors and is currently the Co-Chair of the NFTE NY Metro Alumni Board.

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Advice to Turning Your Amazing Idea Into a Reality

by Cindy Morand, NFTE NY Metro Alumna (originally posted on iheartdaily.com)

Have you ever thought about being your own boss? Launching a product? Creating a company? Sure you have, especially in this job market (or working for that boss). So what’s stopping you? It’s easy to feel that you’re too young to start a business or that it may take a lot of resources to turn your idea into a reality.  Continue reading “Advice to Turning Your Amazing Idea Into a Reality”

The NFTE Program

In just 65 hours, NFTE’s highly academic and experiential program can change a young person’s life.

Working with schools in low-income communities where at least 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, NFTE targets young people who are at risk of dropping out of school and helps them graduate with their own personal plans for success. Continue reading “The NFTE Program”