Shreyas Parab founded NovelTie, a company that makes unique neckties, such as “stud muffin,” and “chick magnet,” using symbols, icons and words. He got the idea because his school requires boys to wear ties.
“It’s something very few kids get to say, but, I am a small business owner,” says Parab, who participated in the YEA class hosted by National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of Greater Philadelphia.
“Through YEA!, I have learned basic and advanced lessons from experienced business leaders, entrepreneurs, and mentors. I now know how to perfect an elevator pitch, write a comprehensive and thorough business plan, network with professionals, turn a business into a legal entity, and more importantly, I learned the dedication and determination it takes to be an entrepreneur, a small business owner, and a member of the professional world,” says Parab.
After being named a finalist in YEA’s Saunders Scholars Competition, Parab is preparing to head to Washington, DC to compete for up to $50,000 in college scholarship funding and business prize packages.
CEO, Gladiator Lacrosse
If you were a 13-year-old lacrosse player who didn’t like the equipment on the market, what would you do? Well, if you were Rachel Zietz, you would start your own company. That company, Gladiator Lacrosse, was launched through YEA, and has surpassed $1 Million in sales.
Rachel was involved through every step of product development—from product conception to selection of materials, packaging and actual manufacturing, her attention to detail led Gladiator Lacrosse to be the top seller on both Amazon and eBay.
She signed lacrosse superstar, Casey Powell, as the brand ambassador, and pitched Gladiator Lacrosse to the Sharks on ABCs Shark Tank, getting a tweet from Robert Herjavec himself, “Rachel will have a seat next to me in the tank one day, she’s a shark in the making!”
CEO, MostBeastlyStudios, LLC
Brandon Boynton is a 2014 graduate of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce YEA class in Anderson, IN. Boynton is the CEO of MostBeastlyStudios LLC, a mobile applications development suite.
While in the YEA program, Brandon focused on his flagship product, The BullyBøx, a mobile application that allows students to safely an anonymously report bullying in schools. The app empowers students by allowing them to report on a platform that is comfortable to them…their mobile devices.
Since graduating from YEA, Boynton has been featured on CNBC and in several national publications. As a result of their momentum, MostBeastlyStudios has built additional apps across various mobile platforms. Not only has Boynton served on his local Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business panel. He has also returned to YEA to serve as a mentor.
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