As you know, back in May, local young entrepreneur, Shreyas Parab, CEO of NovelTies was selected as a national finalist by the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. All of the finalists were invited to our national sponsor’s Sam’s Club/Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Shreyas being Shreyas, enthralled the executives there and they wrote a blog post on him and his business that was posted yesterday. http://blog.walmart.com/community/20151005/sams-club-says-yea-to-novel-ideas They announced in their post, that Shreyas and NovelTies will be featured in the Sam’s Club Showcase store soon.
We are so grateful for all of your help and financial support for the Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs’ Young Entrepreneurs Academy. You are the reason we are having an influence the future.
If you could follow us on Twitter @YEAphiladelphia and re-tweet this local success story you helped nurture that would be terrific.
—Ellen Fisher, Executive Director, YEA! Philadelphia
Good afternoon, small business advocates,
We want to share the story of an amazing young entrepreneur, Shreyas Parab, the 14-year old CEO of NovelTie, as featured on Walmart Today – Click here for the story. Sam’s Club is so proud to support business owners and entrepreneurs of every age, including the 4,000+ students ages 11 to 18 year old students that participate in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program.
Please read to be inspired and share with friends and colleagues. (@yeausa)
Shreyas Parab, our Philadelphia Saunders Semi-Finalist and CEO of NovelTie writes:
I would like to thank all of you for your congratulations and well wishes.
I don’t think Mrs. Fisher did enough justice [at the YEA! 2015 Investor Panel Competition] by saying that I “attribute my success to my participation in YEA.”
Today, I was able to give an elevator pitch, answer questions from judges about business plans, communicate effectively, and network beyond belief. These are all things I learned solely from YEA. I can confidently say that before YEA, I would not be able to do such things. My partner and I were able to win a hefty amount, but more importantly, we got to meet teen entrepreneurs from around the world and interact with professionals in various fields. They repeatedly told me that for being such a young kid (most of them were 17 and older), I had skills and traits that they found admirable. They asked me where I got it from and consistently the answer was YEA.
I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and guidance. “You make a difference” is the only sentence that can most effectively convey my sentiments. Whether you know it or not, today, you helped me do something I thought impossible.
Sam’s Club is sponsoring Teen CEO Education! Click here, or on the image below to watch a brief video that features our own local 2015 Winner, Shreyas Parab! (please scroll to the bottom of the page to play the video!)
‘Undercover’ opens Forman Mills boss’ eyes
By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer | POSTED: January 21, 2015
Rick Forman was boiling over with anger and frustration.
Impatient customers were backed up at the register at the Forman Mills store in Totowa, N.J. The credit card processor was crawling, price tags were falling off garments, price checks were impossible. Hangers had overflowed the behind-the-register boxes and no one was available to pick them up.
“I was ready to explode,” Forman said. “I was ready to close the store down.”
The YEA! CEO Roundtable will be held at Rosemont College on Wed. March 4 at 6:30pm- 8:00pm at Rotwitt Theatre.
When Ellen heard about Mason Wartman’s pizza shop in Philadelphia, she was amazed. Mason has created a system that has helped feed thousands of hungry mouths. Check out his inspiring story.
Mason is continuing to give back to the community by participating on the YEA! CEO Roundtable to teach our next generation of entrepreneurs
THANK YOU for coming to support our Young Entrepreneurs. Our 1st Annual Investor Panel event for the Philadelphia Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) was held on March 19.
We watched with amazement as 10 kids, some as young as 11 years old, stood up and presented professional business plans to a panel of “grown up investors” in front of about 150 people in an auditorium that is large and gothic and Phantom-of-the-Opera-like (yes, its intimidating).