Young entrepreneurs show off their skills

By UTE SCHULENBERG

TEENAGE entrepreneurs holding a trade fair were a colourful addition to Park Beach Plaza for shoppers on Saturday morning.

The budding young business people from around regional NSW were participants in this year's Young Achievement Australia program and were out selling products they had developed themselves in the last few months.

A business called 'SMYAL' with a thoughtfully designed party pack was what Coffs Harbour's 14 Young Achievers were offering.

Their 'sales director', Chahaya Gauci, said both the name and product had come out of intense brain-storming sessions.

"The party pack happened because we all thought there was a strong youth culture here and the packs would sell well," Chahaya said.

"We included our own handmade headbands and glow sticks and individually decorated coloured light bulbs packaged in environmentally-friendly bags we made from newspaper.

"We sold items separately and took $460, which was great." The group's mentor, Jenny Rowlands, said watching the kids develop their decision-making and team-working skills was something she enjoyed in her role.

"They are learning there is a bigger world out there and they can join it," Mrs Rowlands said.

"YAA offers them wonderful opportunities to test themselves in a business-like environment but with lots of support and security."

Start-up capital was raised by selling 500 shares at $2 each.

Coordinator Steve Young said the program had really been embraced by the Coffs community.



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