Asia Newson is only 12 years old, but she knows how to sell a product.
“Would you like to learn a pitch?” Ms. Newson asked a group of about 70 Virgin Islands youths and parents at the Save the Seed Energy Centre during eCamps’ Kidprenuer programme last Thursday.
With the help of her parents, the Detroit entrepreneur started the company Super Business Girl, which sells candles and other merchandise, about seven years ago. Now she travels widely to speak to other youths about her success.
“I got started when I was like 2 years old: My dad and me would go out and he wouldsell the candles, and that was like his career, his job,” Ms. Newson told the group, adding, “When I was about 5 years old I started doing it myself, and I was making my own money and making and selling my own candles.”
For the participants in the Kidpreneur programme, her advice was timely: The youths, who are between ages 9 and 17, are working on business ideas of their own.
During an exhibition on Dec. 19, prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Until then, they will attend various sessions where they will be mentored by professionals and learn business skills.
See the Oct. 29, 2015 edition for full coverage.