The Coleman Economic Development Corporation sponsored its 2nd Jr. Business Academy this summer. The first took place in 2019 and three of the seven students in 2022 attended both sessions. The format was changed this year to reduce the number of meetings held, with students engaging over two days, July 11 and 12. The Jr. Business Academy was held at the Coleman Public Library. Brayden Baldwin (2 academies), Jacob Alba (1), Braylin Miller (2), Olivier Crowther (1), Lear Van (2), Lucy Martin (1), and Emerie Nicholson (1) were the participants this year.
Kenny Heaton of the Small Business Development Center in Abilene handled the ethics and business plan segment. Ashley Crowther of the City of Coleman handled marketing and social media. Emily Taylor, graduate of the Jr Business Academy 2019, came to share her experience with the JBA. Yvonne Flowers volunteered her time and expertise to add to the academy; she was previously an educator in the Richardson School District. (Read more below…)
Kim Little, director of the Economic Development Corporation, will continue to work with students to help finalize business plans, work on advertising and logo design, and network with businesses. The students introduced themselves to the EDC Board of Directors on Thursday, August 11 and shared their experiences and goals. You can watch the video of that meeting, which includes their presentation, on the City of Coleman, Texas Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/CityofColemanTX) Congratulations to these students for the time and effort they put into launching their own business opportunities.