2011 B.E. Small Business Award Nominees

TEENPRENEUR AWARD NOMINEES
This award recognizes entrepreneurs, age 19 or younger, committed to the tradition of Black business achievement.


Leanna’s Inc.
Type of business: Hair care products
Founder/CEO: Leanna Archer
Location:
Central Islip, New York
www.leannashair.com

Launched in 2005, Leanna’s Inc. manufactures a line of natural hair products. With only word-of-mouth marketing and little advertising, the homegrown hair company experienced revenue growth for three consecutive years. The line of moisturizers, conditioners and hair treatments start at $10. The 15-year-old’s products, which generated $175,000 in sales, can be found in beauty supply stores in New York, New Jersey and Florida.


Creative Jewelry by Bridgeia’ LLC
Type of business: Custom designed, handcrafted jewelry manufacturer
Founder/CEO:
Bridgeja’ Baker
Location:
New Orleans
www.creativejewelrybybridgeja.com

After discovering a latent love of handcrafted jewelry during an emergency trip to the orthodontist, Bridgeja’ Baker, 13, developed a signature line of custom jewelry. Made from sterling silver, gold, gemstones, pearls or Swarovski crystals, Creative Jewelry by Bidgeia’ specializes in one-of-a-kind “center of attraction” pieces. For 2010, the company generated $10,000 in revenues. With nearly 30 beading classes under her belt, Baker, who started the business in December 2008, looks to create one-of-a-kind pieces specifically for fashonistas and middle to upper-class women.


AJ’s Hawaiian Iceez
Type of business: Flavor shaved ice cream and frozen deserts vendor
Co-Founder/CEO: Adam N. Holland
Co-Founder/COO: Jonathan K. Holland
Location: Brandywine, Maryland
www.ajsiceez.com

Originally founded during the summer of 2008 to help with their younger sister’s school tuition, 15-year-old Adam and 14-year-old Jonathan Holland’s frozen treats business is now a fledgling family-run enterprise. The Holland brothers sell authentic shaved ice treats at public and private events. With start-up capital from their parents – which was paid back with interest – the brothers generated revenues of $36,000 last year. They now own three ice machines and a trailer that serves as a mobile unit. The two are currently in talks to franchise their business to other teens.

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