Greetings all and I trust all our Christian friends had a joyous Easter week.  We trust our Jewish friends had a blessed Passover celebration as well.

In our March 26th post for Part I of Young Women Entrepreneurs on the Move!! I brought up that the Girl’s CEO Connection loves to learn about young female entrepreneurs.

By young women we mean teen girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who are in high school.  We also include young women who are in college as well.  Why?  Many began their businesses while in high school.

Here are a few young women entrepreneurs that we’ve written about or will write about:

  • Zoe Damacela, founder of Zoe Damacela Apparel, sophomore, Northwestern University, 2014
  • Katalina Pinkney, founder of Tahiti Waheenee, freshman at a Utah college, 2016
  • Stacey Ferreira, co-founder of, freshman, New York University, 2016
  • Amanda Faye Martin, founder of PickMe Jewelry, junior, Kenyon College, 2013
  • Ana Christell Rivas, co-founder Style Shenanigans fashion magazine followed by most recently Papers literary magazine, senior at Downtown Magnets School, Los Angeles California, 2012
  • Ava Anderson, co-founder of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, senior at Moses Brown High School in Providence Rhode Island, 2012.

Some girls starting businesses in high school take courses in writing business plans. Others go through very targeted entrepreneurship business planning programs like NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), ABL (Academy of Business Leadership and BUILD National (In Business to Learn).  Other girls do not have the opportunity to learn business planning through school courses or with a group like NFTE, ABL or BUILD.

Everyone has their own style of training to be an entrepreneur and launching a profitable business.  In other words, if you do not have courses in high school or after-school business planning and leadership programs do not let that stop you from becoming an entrepreneur.  Many seasoned women entrepreneurs did not major in business and did not get an MBA.  It has not stopped them from moving forward with great businesses.

Ana, and Zoe participated in organizations teaching youth how to write business plans.  Zoe went through the NFTE curriculum and won competitions sponsored by them. Ana went through ABL at different times with different programs.

Amanda did not take business planning courses in high school.  She was a winner  in Guardian Life Insurance of America’s Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Scholarship Awards in 2008. We wrote about Amanda in 2010 and also posted an interview with her by our Young Women’s Advisory Council in 2010.  Meredith was the 2011 national grand prize winner in the Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Scholarship Awards.  Meredith has plans to go to college although as of right now has not made her decision. We also wrote a post about Meredith in September 2011 and have a video on our Role Model Entrepreneur’s Page.

Stacey, Ava and Katalina did not go through courses or programs while in high school.  They are in business with family members which makes for great mentors.  Stacey is partner with her brother.  Ava and Katalina’s mothers were entrepreneurs and have encouraged their daughters to become entrepreneurs. Their fathers are also involved in the businesses.  I thing they might all agree that working with family members as they grow their businesses is a great asset.

Unfortunately some young female entrepreneurs do not get national media coverage.   There are may never found in the media or have received minimal coverage.  We find young women through teen and young women magazines like Seventeen and Glamour, referrals and Google Alerts.  Google Alerts shows entrepreneurs who may have won local competitions or highlighted in local and regional media.  We have also learned about young female entrepreneurs in Europe, Great Britain, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  It’s very exciting what is happening with teen girls and college women as entrepreneurs.  We look forward to sharing them with you here in our blog and also on YouTube, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.

So today we’re going to tell you about Zoe Damacela and Ava Anderson.  You can read more about both Zoe and Ava on our Role Model Entrepreneurs Page under the Young Women Entrepreneurs on the Move section.

Ava Anderson is the co-founder, CEO and Director of Product Development of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic.  Ava launched her business in 2009 at the age of 15.  She spent the prior year researching the toxic chemicals found in the common brands of personal care products.  She took the research to her parents and Ava Anderson Non-Toxic was born.   Her mission is to educate consumers about the health risks and to provide non-toxic personal care products.

Zoe Damacela is the founder and President of Zoe Damacela Apparel. I learned about Zoe when she was the young entrepreneur speaker for the Start-up America opening ceremony in January 2011.  I found this young woman had accomplished a feat many young fashion designers would like to do.  Her fashion business became stable and profitable without funding from outside investors.   She attributes her business planning skills and financial know-how to NFTE.

Zoe has a bit of a different story than some young entrepreneurs.  She was at times homeless with her single mother.  Zoe learned at an early age then that her entrepreneurial spirit would help her get the money to move forward. She began her company at the age of 14 and is 20 years old now and a sophomore at Northwestern University in Chicago Illinois. She pays her way through college with the funds from her profitable business and winning contests like Seventeen magazine’s  She’s Pretty Amazing” competition.  As the winner she received  $10,000.00 and was the cover model of the  October 2011 issue.  She was Seventeen’s first ever cover of a winner from their contests.

Go to our Role Models Entrepreneur Page to learn more about  Zoe. We look forward to hearing from you.  If you have any suggestions on young female entrepreneurs in high school or college please let us know.

Have a great week

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