Young Entrepreneurs Making an Impact on the World.

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Here are 5  young tycoons below that are changing the face of business in their teens. 

Gabrielle Jordan. She has a new show on TLC called Kid Tycoons where she discusses her journey of working with her mom to grow a jewelry empire.
Gabrielle Jordan – Award-Winning Teen Entrepreneur • Bestselling Author • International Speaker. 

Gabrielle Jordan has made a great deal of accomplishments, yet she knows that those accomplishments are only the beginning of her quest to leave a global impact in business, motivational speaking and publishing. With a list of recognition under her belt, Gabrielle is creating tidal waves for her creativity and thought-provoking messages. 

“When I reflect back on my life, I want it to be filled with big dreams, big actions and big accomplishments and that’s what I want for others,” says Gabrielle Jordan, the flourishing teen with a mature, yet youthful mix of brilliance, business-savvy and poise.

Gabrielle Jordan has made a great deal of accomplishments, yet she knows that those accomplishments are only the beginning of her quest to leave a global impact in business, motivational speaking and publishing. With a list of recognitions under her belt, Gabrielle is creating tidal waves for her creativity and thought-provoking messages. Most recently, Gabrielle Jordan was featured in INC. as 1 of 5 Entrepreneurial Kids Who Basically Won the Internet in 2015 and honored as a M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girl where she was recognized by the First Lady, Michelle Obama during the 2015 Black Girls Rock Awards Show.

Gabrielle Jordan, now age 16, is the owner of Jewelz of Jordan, an upscale jewelry business, which she started at the age of 9. However, Gabrielle’s passion for business did not stop there. Gabrielle is the co-founder of the ExCEL Youth Mentoring Institute, helping other young entrepreneurs successfully create and launch business.

Gabrielle Jordan has taken her experience in business and her passion for inspiring others to publish the nationally recognized and #1 Amazon Bestselling book, The Making of a Young Entrepreneur: A Kids Guide to Developing the Mind-Set for Success which launched her platform as a sought-after speaker with accomplishments such as TEDx and keynoting events and conferences around the world.

Most of all, Gabrielle Jordan is a generous and service-oriented teenager who believes in lending a helping hand and heart to others. As a young philanthropist, she donates a portion of her profits to her favorite charities. She volunteers as a Youth Ambassador for the Tigerlily Foundation, where she supports the mission for breast health, education, wellness and empowerment for girls and women.

Gabrielle Jordan is quickly becoming a recognized name due to her features on several television and radio stations as well as news and online publications such as NPR, NBC, Fox News and BET to name a few. Gabrielle is currently a 10th grade home school student and her career goals include, but are not limited to becoming a gemologist, New York Times bestselling author and to continue her philanthropic endeavors.

•Recipient of the Key To The City of Corpus Christi, Texas •The Root 2016 Young Futurists
• Philadelphia Kids Fashion Week 2016 Entrepreneurship Award
INC. 5 Entrepreneurial Kids Who Basically Won the Internet in 2015
2015 Black Girls Rock! M.A.D. Girl Honoree
• 2015 Nehemiah Davis Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2014 TeenBusiness Top Twenty
2014 YESpreneur of the Year Award
2014 McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Award
• 2014 Maryland Black Mayors Outstanding Leader Award
• Valedictorian – 2013 National CEO Leadership Institute Graduating Class
2013 Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year Finalist
• 2013 Stiletto Women In Business Award Young Entrepreneur of the Year
• 2012 Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable Outstanding CEO Award.
• 2012 Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
• 2012 ALIVE Magazine Teenpreneur Entrepreneur of the Year
• 2012 She Matters Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
• Participant in the 31st Annual Edition of the Aetna African American History Calendar (April 2012)
2011 EPNET Rising Star Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
• 2011 EPNET Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Fund Award





Zandra Cunningham – Award-winning teenage entrepreneur, girls rights advocate, inspirational speaker, natural product formulator and philanthropist. Zandra teaches youth how to dream big, create a plan & do the work!


Zandra is a 16 year old entrepreneur from Buffalo, NY. Zandra’s fascination with entrepreneurship began when she was 9 years old; inspired by a simple “no” from her dad. She joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center program at Buffalo State College. Just shy of her 10th birthday, Zandra is the youngest to graduate from the all adult class of the Minority and Women Entrepreneurial Program at the University at Buffalo.

A graduate of Lucky Break University and member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she teaches classes on entrepreneurship, advising youth and adults on how they too can get started early building their dreams.

As a TEDx speaker, Zandra is becoming a recognized entrepreneur due to her work in the Buffalo community and beyond. She has been featured on several news outlets such as Black Enterprise and NPR, Seventeen Magazine, Girls Life Magazine, INC, USA TODAY, Nickelodeon in addition to facilitating many workshops/presentations for well know organizations like BALLE, Canisius College, Girls Scouts of America and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to name a few.

Zandra started her creative journey by mixing up lip balm in her home kitchen, today she has a GMP compliant production and distribution studio. All products are handmade in small batches to maintain integrity and quality. As an eco friendly small business in Western New York, Zandra are committed to sustainable practices with a priority on how gentle and sensitive teen skin can be. The mission is to create high quality, fun + fresh products that smell amazing but don’t have all the unnecessary yucky stuff + chemicals. Zandra is a trained maker and proud member of the Indie Business Network and Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild. She facilitates workshops on natural product creation and formulation. Zandra has built a brand that gives back, it is about confidence and beauty; she believes that young ladies should be confident in their own skin and learn what beauty is from the inside out. Her hope is to inspire youth to take action and make things happen for themselves and their communities.

Zandra is an agent of change, donating 10 % of all net profits to support girls’ education. Zandra is the proud Junior Ambassador of The Women in the movement, a member of the Independent Youth Network and a Hatch pad Advisor. She founded Day of the Girls Buffalo, an international movement of one, girl powered all expenses paid day for girls. Day of the Girl Buffalo has one goal: to connect girls with their community, educational options and ideas, while empowering them to discover their potential, find their best path to personal and professional success. Zandra Natural Bath + Body Products for the Educated and Empowered Girls on the Move!

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Jeremiah (10) and Joshua West (7) are young social entrepreneurs who teach other kids how to give, save and be wise spenders. They also teach kids how to be Change Agents within their communities.

10 year old Jeremiah West and 7 year old Joshua West are young entrepreneurs with a two-fold mission: improving childhood literacy and teaching their peers how to give, save, and spend their money wisely. These dynamic brothers wrote a book entitled Champions of Change: Live to Give when they were only 6 & 8 years old. The book has received all 5 star reviews on Amazon and they have sold over 5,000 copies of their book! Their caring and compassionate nature has inspired children around the world (from as far away as Malaysia) to become “change agents” in their own communities “by doing little deeds that have a huge impact.” Their desire is to make the world a better place by giving back to their community and to those who are less fortunate, and they actively recruit other children to join their efforts. Recent projects include a holiday party for the homeless, hosting a backpack give-away, helping a child with autism write his own book, organizing a “fun run” to raise money for a child suffering from a rare form of childhood cancer, and working directly with Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren to develop a summer reading program for city youth. These Award winning entrepreneurs have been featured locally and nationally on Fox News, NBC, ABC, Time Warner News, and Cornerstone TV. Jeremiah and Joshua were recently named as two of Rochester’s inaugural “20 Under 20” youth award honorees for their commitment to serving others and for inspiring their peers to give back and make a difference in the world around them! They are also the youngest recipients to ever receive the “Spirit of the Chamber” Award from the Greece Chamber of Commerce. 

Aaron Johnson – 365Black Award Winner, Play Wright, Motivational Speaker & Filmmaker. He has been Dubbed By Hollywood

Driven. Focused. Motivated. These words are synonymous with high achievers, but they are just the tip of the iceberg in describing Aaron Johnson. A child prodigy by the age of 9-years-old, his quest to build a media empire encompasses everything from shooting movies to editing them.

Born and raised in Miami, FL, the city’s cultural diversities, has laid the foundation for Aaron’s artistic proclivities and powerful creations. With a love for telling stories and a plethora of resources to pull from in South Beach, he finds spontaneous inspiration from his surroundings on a daily basis. Making films that impact the minds and emotions of his viewers, his influential style of moviemaking is a visual representation of the talents he has honed over the years.

His first professional project, Lost, which he crafted at the age of the 13-years-old, opened to rave reviews in AMC Theatres during the Wide-Screen Film & Music Festival with over 500 people in attendance. A go-getter for sure, Aaron is serious when it comes to his career, dreams, and goals.

With a growing fan base of loyal supporters, his vision is to leave a lasting legacy that changes the worlds of individuals through his ability to live out his passions by way of his gifts. Aaron believes that you are never too young to pursue your purpose.

“You are the only person that can stop you from achieving that goal or that dream.”

Johnson’s objectives extend beyond establishing himself as a media mogul. He understands the importance of giving back. Aaron plans to mentor filmmakers through a training program for youth that empowers them to follow their passions, just as he was able to follow his six years ago.

Aaron has a heart for story-telling and has parlayed that ability into a niche in the entertainment industry. With a work ethic that keeps him creating constantly, he is a rising star with no sigh of tiring in sight.


Moziah Bridges is a young entrepreneur that shares his story to inspire others

Moziah “Mo” Bridges is the 15-year-old CEO of Mo’s Bows Handmade Bow Ties; a Memphis-based and family run business.

After trading bow ties for rocks on the school playground, Moziah’s strong fashion sense led him to start his own company at the age of nine. With the help of his mother, and retired seamstress grandmother; Moziah began selling bow ties on his website ( and in Memphis retail stores.

His colorful, handmade ties quickly made an impression on major networks, and the young fashion mogul made rounds on The Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, Oprah Magazine, Good Morning America, and eventually, Shark Tank.

In addition to being featured in various international documentaries and publications, the teenage CEO took his fashion expertise to a new level in 2015. Moziah not only served as the fashion correspondent for the 2015 NBA Draft, he was also invited to the inaugural White House Demo Day, where he was able to personally meet President Barack Obama and gift him with the special “Obama Blue” Mo’s Bow.

Shark Tank’s Daymond John serves as Moziah’s mentor as he continues to grow his business. Mo’s Bows has five employees, including the “CEO of Mo” a.k.a mom Tramica Morris, and granny; who taught Moziah how to sew. The business-minded teenager, who hand picks every fabric and approves every visual element, has sold more than $500,000 worth of bow ties and men’s accessories.

Mo’s Bows are sold in retail stores throughout the United States, and have partnered with Cole Haan, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.

In 2012, Moziah started “Go Mo!” a charity focused on sending Memphis children to summer camp.

Moziah plans to attend college at Parson’s The New School for Design in New York City and have his own clothing line by the age of 20.

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