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Published on September 13th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


The Auntie Karen Foundation; “12th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference”

Pictured above; Karen Alexander, Founder, Auntie Karen Foundation and a young entrepreneurs

Columbia, S.C.  Auntie Karen’s 12th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference is scheduled for October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the campus of Benedict College in Columbia, SC.  The founder Karen Alexander states, “Our mission is to continue to create a program that will nurture entrepreneurship in young people.  We want to provide conference attendees with the opportunity to gain skills in areas not traditionally afforded to them.”

This one day event serves as a world-class conference to bring youth 7 to 22 from across the state and region together to gain skills in areas not traditionally afforded to them.  Each year, up to 100 students from across the region participate in this thought provoking conference, which is offered through a cooperative effort between the Auntie Karen Foundation, Benedict College School of Business and various community sponsors.  This year our theme is “Dream. Believe. Create. Succeed”.  Subject areas include:  identifying entrepreneurial skills, marketing your business, and understanding business finance tools.  In addition, students will interact with community, business, sports, and entertainment leaders.

Featured entrepreneurs include:  Courtland Thomas2013 Young Entrepreneur of the YearJoshua Eaddy, Cakes by Josh, 2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Yearyear old, Zyona D. Kinsey-McNabb and more.

In addition to the conference, there is “Successville” the Youth Business Expo and Showcase.  “Successville” is free and open to the public from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Benedict College gym.    The showcase will include Young Entrepreneurs, Dancers and Musical Acts.

Conference information:  Registered participants:  October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Benedict College Development Center, 2601 Read Street, Columbia, SC 29204.  Registered participants will receive breakfast and lunch.  The cost of the conference is $ 25.00 per student; Group Rate (10 +) is $17.00 per student.  Pre-registration is available and encouraged.  On-site registration takes place from 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM the day of the conference.  Workshops take place from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Lunch – 1:00 PM.

“Successville” (FREE) Business Expo – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM; Entertainment  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Benedict College Gym).

For more information about the conference, to become a sponsor, or suggest a young entrepreneur to be showcased at the conference, please contact the Auntie Karen Foundation at (803) 748-7124, P.O. Box 602, Columbia, SC 29203 or via email at

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