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provides services for 30 customers in two counties. He also sells accessories such as birdhouses, bird feeders, wind chimes, and metal garden décor. In 2001, his efforts came into full bloom, grossing $4,000 in revenues.
Jams-N-Yams
TYPE OF BUSINESS Catering
PRESIDENT Camilla White
LOCATION Flosmoor, IL
Camilla White whips up profits as quickly as she bakes pies. As CEO of Jams-N-Yams, the 15-year-old makes more than 40 different varieties of pies, which she, in turn, sells to local restaurants and other clientele. And this is just one of three enterprises she owns. Her other companies are Packables, a service that supplies fresh cut vegetables to pet stores, and Camilla’s Crafts, which creates and delivers a variety of gift items, including greeting cards that she designs.

White started Jams-N-Yams in 1995 at the tender age of 8. She persuaded a cook in one of her parents’ hotels to show her how to cook sweet potato pies. She refined the recipe and took her pies to a local beauty shop to get her first orders. After a taste of that initial success, White financed Jams-N-Yams from the money she earned from modeling and from appearances she made on television programs.

She has since dramatically increased her clientele. In fact, Jams-N-Yams grossed $9,000 in 2001.

White’s efforts have earned her kudos throughout her home state. In 2000, the Small Business Administration presented her with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Illinois district, and she received the Illinois Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Her long-term goal is to own a chain of bakeries that will rank among the BE 100s.
Low Tech Web.com
TYPE OF BUSINESS Website maintenance
PRESIDENT Bryce Robertson
LOCATION Mechanicsville, VA
At 13, Bryce Robertson is an entrepreneur for today’s digital age. As president of Low Tech Web.com, he has developed a high-powered business that helps organizations design and maintain Websites. After watching a program on young entrepreneurs three years ago, Robertson, then 10, decided to start an enterprise designing Websites. First, he started tinkering with his friends’ Web pages. Within months, officials at a local community center tapped him to create their site. Impressed with his superior work and professionalism, they paid him a $500 fee.

Robertson now designs sites for a number of organizations. As a result, he grossed $7,000 in 2001. His stellar performance has earned him the Governor’s Virginia State Economic education “Glass Apple Award” for entrepreneurship. But Robertson is committed to making his business succeed to help finance his ultimate calling: he’s saving money so he can attend medical school one day.


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