Jordan Collins, a
16-year-old artist who attends the Toledo School for the
Arts, brought his drawings for visitors to admire. Jordan,
an accomplished sketcher, sells his artwork for $10 on a
Akira Gross was inspired
by her teacher at Rise and Shine Academy to start her own
business, “paparazzi,” selling jewelry. “My teacher said you
can do anything if you believe in yourself,” she said. Akira
started her business in January selling jewelry on Facebook
Donnetta Carter organized
the Tween and Tots event and was assisted by several
sponsors. WoodForest National Bank supplied literature for
the youth on savings plans; Marco’s Pizza supplied the food.
Annie Newell, owner/operator of Someone Prayed for Me, not
only displayed her wares for guests but also offered a
number of items for free to the youthful attendees.
“I want them to be able to
come, touch and get the feel of shopping. Hopefully I can
get them started in the right direction in their own
businesses,” she said.