Forest Park High School seniors Asia McCallum and Zoey White will be honored at the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Awards, Oct. 30, at the Memorial Hall-War Memorial Building in Baltimore. McCallum and White are being recognized for their participation in the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York on Oct. 3.
In addition, on Nov. 1, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Baltimore, and the Mayor’s office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development will launch a partnership to promote volunteer opportunities between NFTE students and MBEs.
“NFTE Baltimore is fortunate to be partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development,” said Andy Hubner, executive director of NFTE Baltimore. “The partnership will provide NFTE students with the opportunity to learn directly from entrepreneurs who have lived what the students are working to accomplish.”
McCallum and White were among the 39 national finalists competing for top honors in New York and the chance to win more than $25,000 in cash and prizes to help advance their businesses or to further their education.
Finalists were required to develop and present original business plans as part of their entrepreneurial studies at school. As part of their coursework, NFTE students receive hands-on training in launching a business and learn the real-world relevance of math, reading and writing to their businesses.
McCallum started a business called “Fortunate!” that features jumbo fortune cookies. She won first place in the citywide business plan competition in May.
White started “Deja au Vintage,” a business that upcycles jeans. She placed second in the Baltimore citywide competition in May.
“Asia McCallum and Zoey White represented Baltimore very well in the competition in New York,” said Hubner, the NFTE Baltimore executive director.
“Even though they didn’t win, we know they will be successful businesswomen in the future.”