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Preparations begin for young entrepreneurs

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Now that spring is here, so begins the preparation of the Youth Business Grant Program.
The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation is looking for businesses, individuals and organizations that can make a donation of any size, between $5 and $500 to benefit the program.
“We are promoting our local youth by creating young entrepreneurs; giving them an opportunity to experience, first hand and at a very young age, what it takes to start and grow a local business,” said LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall. “One hundred percent of all donations go directly to selected students.”
Building the financial base of the program is just one component, as the program will also look to build the foundation of the youth by pairing them up with business leaders from the community, with whom they share a vision.
Those wishing to be available for youth questions, particularly one in their field can impact the sustainability of their business.
Additional support can be made to youth, for those willing to hang posters or have YBGP business cards or listing available.
After donations are solicited from the community, the YBGP program will release the annual application for youth wishing to apply for the program.
Once again, the JJAB Assets In Action program will be made available to students to learn how to build relationships and loyalty with customers and how to best market themselves in and around the community.
The LACDC will begin accepting youth applications later this spring from Española, Santa Clara, Nambe, San Ildefonso Pueblo and Los Alamos.
The businesses are for those youth ages 13-19 wishing to create a new business or build on one from a previous year.
In total, 275 young entrepreneurs have had help making their start since 1985.
To learn more, call the YBGP program, make a donation or find out more information on becoming a business mentor, call 661-4846. Donations can also be sent to the Youth Business Grant Program at 190 Central Park Square Los Alamos, NM 87544.
The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has released its 2014 Youth Business Grant applications. Those applications can be found at losalamosbusiness.com or by calling the youth business grant coordinator at 661-4846.
Donations for the program and business mentors for the summer activity are also being sought.