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Financial course aims to inspire young entrepreneurs

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 19:46:48-04

The course was about discovering your passion and going after it.

Instructors discussed financial literacy and money management.

Young adults learned about money and entrepreneurship from someone their age, who's already seen success.

"No matter how old you are, or how much money you have, you have to start somewhere," said Gabrielle Jordan.

Jewelz of Jordan's owner Gabrielle Jordan spoke about starting her jewelry business at age 9.

"I think it's a combination of doing the things you love, making money for doing those things, then being able to inspire someone else, especially a young person," said Gabrielle Jordan.

Financial literacy and entrepreneurship is a  subject Yes Summit's Executive Director Tanya Cooper says is lacking in North Omaha.

"There's a lot of unemployment down here, there's a lot of things happening because we are not financially viable," said Tanya Cooper.

Cooper created the course held at Metro Community College to inspire teens to think business opportunities.

"What I have learned is how to start a business, have people who are going to support you along the way," said Ben Loehr.

Established business owners, investors and mentors explained how to get started and finding sponsorship.

"You shouldn't be fearful because you are young," said Jordan.

"This is the time to kind of learn and experiment and see what you can do," said Jordan.

15 year old Ben Loehr is learning the financial side of starting up his tech company.

"How to save money, put it in an account just in case you have trouble," said Loehr.

With hopes that another teen's success will motivate Omaha's youth.

"Get your finances started and your business started," said Cooper.

"Do the best you can do and be the best person you can be," said Cooper.