LA youths take business to higher levels

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By Bernadette Lauritzen



Two Los Alamos students were recipients of The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Summer Youth Business Grants. 

Jonmichael Weaver is a youth on a mission and a Christian mission at that. 

The LACDC’s youth business grant recipient has created Buddy’s Beans, a local coffee roaster with a mission on a mission. 

Weaver orders beans through Christian missions around the world, grown in small quantities, which honors the farmers and demonstrates care for the land.

His motto, “Silly Name, Serious Coffee, is Exquisite Coffee for the Discerning Drinker.”

Weaver’s beans include varieties like El Salvador, Panama and Sulawesi and can be roasted to customer satisfaction in light, medium, or dark roasts with 12 different roast varieties.

The roasts range from light city, half city and full city, to New England, Cinnamon, Vienna, French, Italian and more.

The Los Alamos High School senior roasts in small batches and delivers products for customer convenience. 

Orders can be placed via call, text or web. He can be reached at 412-7795, buddysbeans@gmail.com, on the web and even through his new Facebook Page at Buddy’s Beans.

Those interested in learning about other youth grant recipients or to make donations to the Summer Youth Business Grant program can email AssetsInAction@att.net or by call 695-9139.

Sam Cooks, 13, an eighth grader at Los Alamos Middle School is like many young teens that spent a good amount of time on the computer this past summer. 

One difference for Cooks is that his activity is earning him some money along the way. 

Cooks is another recipient of the Summer Youth Business Grant program. He spent his summer, shooting and editing commercials for local businesses and programs.

The videographer will assist in producing a 30-second advertisement for $100. His work can then be used through an arrangement with Reel Deal Theater with a variety of packages available for screen time rental.

Those interested in learning about the possibilities can contact him for additional information and availability at SamsCommercials@gmail.com.