Vote for the 2010 Teenpreneur Award Nominees!

This award recognizes entrepreneurs, age 19 or younger, committed to the tradition of black business achievement

Few small business owners managed to exceed expectations during the recession and subsequent recovery this past year. Of the intrepid group who did, we’ve chosen our 2010 Black Enterprise Small Business Award nominees. Now we need your help in determining the winners. Vote for the companies you think most deserve the recognition. Online votes will contribute to a portion of the scoring; final selections will be made by the editorial committee of BLACK ENTERPRISE. Exemplifying entrepreneurs who demonstrate viability regardless of circumstance, the winners will be announced at the 15th annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo, May 16–18 in Atlanta.

Amiya Alexander

Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy
Type of business: Mobile dance studio for children
Founder/CEO: Amiya Alexander
Revenues: $10,000
Location: Detroit
www.amiyasdancebus.com

Amiya Alexander delivers dance lessons on wheels. With her mother’s help, the 11-year-old transformed a used bus into a working dance studio and devised a business plan to offer lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, salsa, and hip-hop to youngsters age 2–12 that are accessible by bus. The mobile studio generated more than $10,000 in revenues this past year. Amiya came up with the idea for the academy after a dream one night. In addition to hosting mobile birthday parties, she teaches the students herself over a 12-week period.

Tevyn Cole

School Me Clothing
Type of business: Apparel
Founder/CEO:Tevyn Cole
Revenues: $1,700
Location: Maybee, MI
www.schoolmeclothing.com

School Me Clothing was born when Tevyn Cole was just 10 years old. Offering a clothing line made up of graphic T-shirts, jeans, and the like, the company puts an educational spin on urban wear by incorporating black history facts in the design. Today, Cole, now 17, is an early entrance college student at Eastern Michigan University (pursuing a double major in international business and Japanese); however, he remains committed to the business. In 2009, revenues were $1,700, up from $1,300 for 2008. Assisted by his mother and cousin, Cole balances his life as a college student and business owner.

Gabrielle McBay

Crumbs by Gabrielle
Type of business: Baked goods
Founder/CEO: Gabrielle McBay
Revenues: $5,000
Location: DeSoto, TX
www.crumbsbygabrielle.com

As a high school senior, Gabrielle McBay balances study and baking. She started Crumbs by Gabrielle in 2006 to offer an assortment of cookies and other baked goods to primarily local clients and customers, although the 18-year-old has also filled orders in California, Maryland, and New York. This past year the company generated $5,000 in revenues, double the 2008 figures. McBay bakes after school at home or, for large orders, at a professional kitchen. To help meet demand, McBay often enlists her two best friends; her twin sister handles public relations. An honor student, McBay plans to attend college in the fall to study business and marketing with a specialization in entrepreneurship.

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  • Lisa Dengiz

    I have worked with thousands of diverse, talented , creative, bright and engaging youth over a long career and assure you you that Tevyn is by far one of the most accomplished, driven and impressive young African American leaders I’ve ever known.

    Therefore, I am honored to vote for Tevyn Cole for Teenpreneur of the year.

    Tevyn’s urban clothing line, created when he was merely 10, celebrates the unique and vital intellectual and scientific discoveries of African Americans. Tevyn is also a young man of great integrity, focus, humility, and an incredibly inspiring speaker to youth and adults alike.

    Please let me know if he will be selected as i might even fly to Atlanta to witness this well deserved deserved recognition should he be lucky enough to selected!

    • http://blackenterprise.com Alfred Edmond, Jr.

      Lisa;

      Thank you for your comment.

      Winners will not be announced until the Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Luncheon at the Entrepreneurs Conference.

      • http://N/A Patricia Marzett

        I vote for Amiya, it’s beautiful finding a different way to reach people.

        • Furman Barnes

          I voted for Amiya. She has a great outgoing personality.
          She already has an idea of where she wants to go in life. She’s focused.
          She has set her goals, developed an action plan, and is implementing it.

          When President Obama was elected, I was afraid that amongst the jubilation
          everyone might miss the point. Who’s next? Who is laying the foundation now
          for whatever greatness the future may offer?

          I think Amiya is demonstrating through her academic achievement,
          her desire to be a doctor so she can help others, and her proven
          entrepreneur skills that in years to come, when destiny and opportunity
          knocks, she will be well prepared to answer. In fact with her mobile
          dance studio she is already heeding the call.

          My vote is for Amiya!!!

  • http://www.elesjaymusic.com Leslie Parks Johnson

    My husband and I wear Tevyn’s sweatshirts and t-shirts regularly…formerly in the Southeastern Michigan area and now in Southwestern Ohio! We are often approached and asked about the clothes and what they represent. In addition, we get many, many people checking them out from afar, which always makes me smile!

    I also know that Tevyn has been educating his community for years now through not only his clothing line, but his vast research and knowledge of black history….and one person at a time…enlightenment!

    My vote is for Tevyn Cole!

  • Karen Rozier

    I’ve never met any of these children but based on my experiences, I vote for Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy .. Her product is unique and innovative, as well as filling a void in most communities. It’s one that can be easily duplicated without requiring her direct oversight. She should license the product, train others, duplicate the model, and take it all over the world.

    Kudos for all the children for working hard.

  • Robert Stewart

    my vote is for Tevyn Cole

  • rosida burton

    Tevyn is a great young man. He is commited to schooling young people of all races about african american history. He is doing something educational and helping to instill pride in african american youth and all races.
    We should applaude his efforts.

  • rosida burton

    i cast my vote for tevyn cole

  • Akiko Harada

    Tevyn is a very motivated and matured young student.
    I believe in his continuous efforts and success in his study and business.
    I cast my vote for Tevyn Cole.

  • http://www.iwillmakeiteasy.com pat brown

    Cast my vote for tevyn cole

  • Jamie Kizzee

    I cast my vote for the 2010 Teenpreneur…TEVYN COLE!!!

  • Fatima

    I vote for Tevyn! :)

  • Adrian

    Another vote for Tevyn!

  • Katie Boughton

    Tevyn Cole

  • Cea

    I vote for Tevyn Cole =]

  • Seraphina

    I had Tevyn in my Japanese class and he really does deserve this award. My vote is for Tevyn Cole! ^_^

  • Bridget

    I vote for Tevyn Cole because he’s like the model student. I wish I was half as motivated and ambitious as him!

  • Kelly

    Tevyn Cole all the way!!!

  • http://schoolmeclothing.com keshia Coleman

    My vote is for Tevn Cole

  • portia

    I vote for tevyn

  • Christine L. Heftler

    I vote for Tevyn Cole

  • Cindy Rouman

    Tevyn is an extremely ambitious, intelligent, and creative young man.

    I’m happy to cast my vote for Tevyn Cole.

  • Kailey

    I cast my vote for Tevyn Cole!

  • Rita Harris

    I vote for Tevyn Cole

  • Michele

    I vote for Tevyn Cole

  • Wavie Barton

    my vote is for Tevyn Cole

  • Marie Punnett

    My vote is for Tevyn Cole

  • Cameron and Brandon Cole

    nyTevyn has always been a great role model to us. He is smart, outgoing and funny. We always looked up to him being our older cousin. We know that he will inspire so many other kids to learn and will have an impact on the world. Our vote is for Tevyn!!!!!

  • mai xiong

    i vote Tevyncole

  • Teri Moore

    Tevyn Cole is an outstanding young man and role model for kids his age. There is nothing he can’t do. He is always positive and very driven. I believe he will go very far in life. I feel Tevyn should get the 2010 Teenpreneur Award! Good luck Tevyn!!

  • Maria

    My vote is for TEVYN COLE! He is a great guy. Very responsible. He was one of the key note speakers at my school’s black history month assembly. Very inspiring.

  • Yolanda Mcdaniel

    My Vote is for Amiya Alexander the yr old entrepreneur who has a patent on her idea of inventing the first dance studio on wheels. How many 11yr olds to you know of who is concerned about our underserved communities. Amiya wants to help all children fight the obesity academic. Amiya’s goal is to one day travel the world providing dance lessons to children in underserved communities through her non-profit Rising Stars Dance With Me Program in which she provides scholarships to dance. I am so proud of this young lady who is working very hard to make a difference for others.

  • Myung Koh, Ed.D

    My vote is for TEVYN COLE who is an amazing young man who has demonstrated his sincere appreciation of learning the world.

  • Yolanda Mcdaniel

    My vote is for Amiya. I am so inspired by you following your dreams and helping other children. God Bless and keep it up.

  • http://facebook Nicole Steenson

    Hes my cousin so i Vote for Tevyn Cole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Julie Helber

    I certainly support Tevyn Cole. As a student at Milan Area Schools, Tevyn was a model of respect, dignity, and excellence. We are very proud of Tevyn!

  • Teberah Alexander

    My vote is for Amiya Alexander job well done sweetie your success has inspired many. “You Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens You”. Love mommy

  • Jennifer Dumas

    My vote is for Tevyn Cole! :)

  • Nicole Gibson

    I cast my vote for AMIYA ALEXANDER!!!!!

  • Aytana

    Ms. Amiya is destined for greatness. I know love that she is passionate about helping other young ladies achieve their goals. She is determined, dedicated and strong!

  • Brigitte Martin

    My vote is for Amiya Alexander!

  • Wilma Hill

    I am voting for Amiya Alexander

  • Edie

    I vote for Amiya Alexander – great job!!

  • Terena Richardson

    I vote for Amiya’s Mobile Dance Academy

  • Harrold Hines

    I cast my vote for Amiya Alexander!

  • Angela

    I vote for Amiya Alexander

  • Terena Richardson

    I vote for Amiya Alexander

  • Marinaaaaa

    i vote for amiya alexander.

  • Suzette

    My vote is for Amiya Alexander

  • charde

    Amiya is a young and talented dancer who ive known scinast my vote for ce 1st grade. I Amiya

  • charde

    Amiya is a young and talented dancer who ive known scinst my vote for ce 1st grade. I cast my vote for Amiya

  • charde

    Amiya is a young and talented dancer who ive known scince 1st grade. I cast my vote for Amiya

  • Charde

    I vote for Amiya!

    • Nury

      It’s enough for most young cedilrhn to want to be involved in any activity. To dance, to play football, piano, anything takes a degree of dedication and perseverance often lacking in young bodies and minds. For adults to take the time to teach takes another degree of dedication beyond that of personal self improvement. For Amiya, a young adolescent to have a passion and dedication for dance would surely have been enough for any proud parent. Amiya has gone far beyond all of that. Great imagination and business acumen beyond her years, has lead this young lady to explore and delve into her own dreams. This was not a school project where you go home after school and brain storm for an idea simply to satisfy a requirement before you can go outside to play. This was an idea of her own! These things are not taught by formula or learned by rote. They come from the mind and of heart. They come from a willingness to sacrifice something for the achievement of a dream. Kudos to her and her supporting family. May God continue to bless you with the focus, energy and courage to step out of the box defined by our own self imposed limits.

  • Yulonda Byrd

    You are an inspiration to all.

  • Treece Smith

    I would like to cast my vote for Amiya!!!

  • Donald Waddell

    It’s enough for most young children to want to be involved in any activity. To dance, to play football, piano, anything takes a degree of dedication and perseverance often lacking in young bodies and minds. For adults to take the time to teach takes another degree of dedication beyond that of personal self improvement. For Amiya, a young adolescent to have a passion and dedication for dance would surely have been enough for any proud parent. Amiya has gone far beyond all of that. Great imagination and business acumen beyond her years, has lead this young lady to explore and delve into her own dreams. This was not a school project where you go home after school and brain storm for an idea simply to satisfy a requirement before you can go outside to play. This was an idea of her own! These things are not taught by formula or learned by rote. They come from the mind and of heart. They come from a willingness to sacrifice something for the achievement of a dream. Kudos to her and her supporting family. May God continue to bless you with the focus, energy and courage to step out of the box defined by our own self imposed limits.

  • Roberta Hill

    An inspiration to young and OLD!!! We are so proud of you Amiya! You are truly a blessing to us all! Thank you for being a HERO to us all, especially your lil cousin Karod! He looks up to you and aspires to be Great like you! May God contiue to bless you in all you endeavors!! Love ya, The Hill Family

  • Larissa Barnes

    I am so lucky and proud to say that I know Ms. Amiya Alexander. What a breath of fresh air Amiya is! It’s hard to believe that beyond ALL that charm lies a very intelligent, studious, hardworking, caring, and talented (to boot) young lady. Her goal to fight obesity through dance is admirable and makes me want to be like her when I grow up. I want to be just as selfless and kind and smart and nice and generous and beautiful as you are Amiya…Best Wishes.

  • http://www.amiyasdancebus.com Amiya Alexander

    Good morning. I first want to thank God. Congratulations to both of the other nominees Mr. Tevyn Cole and Ms. Gabriellle McBay. I wish you both the best in growing your companies. I think we all have stepped outside of the box and we all deserve an award. I don’t think this should be about competing with each other. I think we should be working together to find investors who will believe in us and help us all grow our businesses. I want to thank the Black Enterprise as well as Ms. Tenille for nominating me. Dance For Love, Life, Fitness, Confidence, Leadership, and Fund!God Bless!

  • Gina

    I vote for Amira

  • Sean

    I am voting for Amiya Alexander.

  • Michelle Gilchrist

    I vote for Crumbs by Gabrielle. These cookies are absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Gabby (Gabrielle) is not only gifted at baking, but always puts school first. She’s active in the community in programs such as the NAACP Youth Council and others. Gabby takes her business to heart and always keeps her commitments.

  • Cassandra A. Wilson

    I am voting for Crumbs by Gabrielle, her winning will make a wonderful Birthday gift. Go Gabby!

  • ronda

    I vote for Amiya, her mobile dance academy is a brilliant idea and has great growth potential.

  • Sylvia Dillard

    Gabby, what an extraordinary accomplishment to be in the top three nationally for your committment to entreprenurial excellence! Your perseverance and focus is admirable and your cookies are wonderful!!!! My vote — Gabrielle McBay!

  • Taylor

    I vote for Crumbs by Gabrielle.

  • Litisha Haynes

    I have watched you blossom into an awesome young, business woman and I and my family count it an honor to have you our my lives. I know that you have high aspirations and the ability and talent to realize them all. I will always be here to support you. Keep making us and our tummies smile! I Love You and am so proud of you. Vote Crumbs by Gabrielle McBay!

  • Wanda

    I vote for Gabriell McBay. I too used to bake assorted cookes but never branched out like Gabrielle. I pray she has a double celebration on her birthday.

  • Rashan

    Hey Tevyn, the idea of putting black history facts on you designs and calling it “School Me Clothing” was brilliant. I believe if more of our teens are constantly schooled in our history it would improve our self-esteem and generate more unity as opposed to black-on-black crimes. Stay encouraged.

  • Fleda Paul

    I am voting for Gabrielle McBay, this is a great opportunity for young african american children to expose their God given talents. I started my business when I was just seven years old. Go Gabrielle

  • Bonni

    I’m voting for Tevyn Cole and School Me Clothing. Tevyn is one of the most tenacious people that I have run into in the course of my career. I am hoping to see his name in the news over the next couple of decades as he continues to lead and motivate and challenge the people he comes into contact with. In the spirit of education as seen in his School Me clothing, I have no doubt that he will one day be a mentor who “schools” the young people in his life to highly achieve.

  • John Williams

    Tevin,

    You have my vote. Your idea is original and inspiring. I wish you the best in this, and any future business ventures.

  • http://www.sandysland.com Sandra Epps

    I would like to vote for Tevyn Cole to become Black Enterprise Teenpreneur. As production association with “Wake Up Detroit!” I invited Mr. Cole to be a guest on our local cable show in Detroit, Michigan at WHPR TV 33 and I was blown away by his talents, intelligence and his work ethic. Besides his many accomplishments at a young age, Mr. Cole is extremely humble and mature. I’m so proud to know this young man. His personality shines bright and I am most positive that his future will be even brighter. Mr. Cole is simply Outstanding!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryson896 BRYSON M

    I voted for Gabrielle. G0 GaBBii…

    You have been such an inspiration to me that I am proud to call you an honorary Beautiful Inspiration.

  • Erica A

    Yay Amiya! Keep up the great work and living your dreams.

  • Joh’Quala Johnson

    Gabby, You have manage to achieve the success that most people search thier whole life for. You are truely an amazing individual and im honored to have you apart of the Business Professional of America Family….

  • Alfred E. Smith, Sr.

    My vote is for Tevyn Cole, through hard work he has turned an idea into a business that is prospering. Keep up the good work Tevyn.

    • Sally

      I voted for Amiya. She has a great outgoing slnporaeity.She already has an idea of where she wants to go in life. She’s focused.She has set her goals, developed an action plan, and is implementing it.When President Obama was elected, I was afraid that amongst the jubilationeveryone might miss the point. Who’s next? Who is laying the foundation nowfor whatever greatness the future may offer? I think Amiya is demonstrating through her academic achievement,her desire to be a doctor so she can help others, and her provenentrepreneur skills that in years to come, when destiny and opportunity knocks, she will be well prepared to answer. In fact with her mobiledance studio she is already heeding the call.My vote is for Amiya!!!

  • Chinester Graves

    My vote is for Tevyn,
    He was recently featured in Ebony magazine also. He is a young entrepreneur who has already inspired other young people that hard work equals success. Kudos for Tevyn!!!!

  • Chris

    I vote for Tevyn

  • http://facebook C Beasley

    I would like to vote for Tevyn! Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.AndretteTolbert.com Andrette Tolbert

    CRUMBS FOR GABRIELLE has my vote!  As a former baker (and one who made Gabby’s childhood cakes a couple of times), I must vote for the Culinary Entrepreneur!  May God bless all the finalist….for you are already WINNERS!!!!

  • Erica Kilbourne Coleman

    I vote for Teyven Cole! Congrats to you! You are doing big things and I continue to pray that God keep His Hands over your life because this is the beginning of something Huge for you! -Good luck!

  • Sylvia

    Amiya, keep up the good work.

  • Chamin Herron

    i vote for Gabrielle McBay

  • Shawna

    I vote for Gabrielle McBay