Entrepreneur of the Week: 14-Year-Old CEO Chental-Song Bembry

Teen author, illustrator, and entrepreneur gives tips to help other young writers enter the literary field and start their own businesses

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Network: Attend events, conferences and workshops and tell people about your business. Find other people who are successful in your desired industry and as them how they got started. Most people are generally happy to help.

Educate Yourself: Bembry is a freshman at South Brunswick High School and is currently enrolled in an introduction to business course, where she is learning the tenets of business including finance, economics and what it takes to run a business as well as the different types of legal structures for your business (sole proprietorship, LLC, Partnership). Next year she is registered to take a business-marketing course where she’ll get an in depth look at how to reach your target market and promote your product. If a business track is not available at your school, BE also recommends courses such as Youth About Business at Columbia University in New York, The BLACK ENTERPRISE Annual Teenpreenuer Conference, and the Kidult Youth Leadership Conference just to name a few.

Tap Into Your Network: Bembry sold 500 books in 2010 and hopes to sell double that this year. As a member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ Bembry’s pastor gave her three book signings and also put her book in the church book store. This proved vital to the overall sales of Bembry’s book, which sold out at all three of her signings. She also capitalized on other events such as college reunions and events that allow vendors to sell their products. “You need to push yourself to get out there. If you don’t no one will notice you. Approach as many people, schools, and events and sell your product.”

Advice to other Teen CEO’s: Think about a problem that you can solve. Think about something that is missing and try to improve it or fill the needs. People are waiting for the next big thing and they’re waiting for somebody to create something so don’t sit around and let someone else create it. Stick to your goal and don’t get sidetracked. Don’t let other people tell you that it can’t become anything because those are the people—they really admire your idea but may not want to say it.

 

 

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18 Responses to Entrepreneur of the Week: 14-Year-Old CEO Chental-Song Bembry

  1. happybunny9296@live.com says:

    Read this.

  2. Malla Haridat says:

    Proof positive that our young people with support and education can achieve amazing things! I am proud of you, Chental, and know that you winning the 100 UE Grant will do great things for the future of your brand, the Honeybunch Kids. Take advantage of every networking opportunity you have and we look forward to your next book signing.

    Now let’s inspire, support, and educate other teens to launch their own businesses! Entrepreneurial teens = powerful young adults.

  3. Candace J says:

    This is wonderful Chental continue to strive for great things!

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  4. Jen Smith says:

    This is awesome Chental!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a great role model at such a young age! Jen Smith

  5. Rodney says:

    Keep up all the hard work Chental!

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  7. Willie Glover says:

    Nice article Chental. Keep up the good work.

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  9. Tasha Mac says:

    Love it. Very Inspirational. Nice picture. Wishing I can do the same. Keep up the good work.

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  11. AUNT TINE says:

    CHENTAL GOD BLESS AND KEEP UP GOOD WORK VERY PROUD OF OF YOU

  12. Simply Lisa says:

    The power of God is awesome, Chental, continue to stay grounded, humble and a positive role model to children and adults. We are sooooooo very PROUD of you:)

  13. Carletta Threatt says:

    I need help in publishing my book How I got started, and also some MaRKETING tips on how to get more children into my childcare center, stay open 18 hrs.a day. Congratulations to U on your book. I look forward to hearing from U.

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