Dirk Ebener/Kids Business Expo and Global CIF
Global CIF is an International Small Business Consulting firm that contributes to the success of our domestic and global clients by providing business processes and market specific consulting services to help their business to become even more successful.
Global CIF will focus on consulting with start-up companies and start-up trade shows to make their entry into the international market place successful. Companies are seeking specific hands-on solutions, training in a variety of business segments and cross cultural expertise. Today’s show we’re spotlighting a new “first to market” trade show event, the Kids Business Expo!
We offer solutions, strategies, global thinking, working beyond the box.
Mary Margaret O’Neill/Kids Are Heroes, Inc.
When MaryMargaret O’Neill was just nine years old, she founded the Kids Are Heroes® organization with some help from her dad. Intended to be strictly a father-daughter project, it quickly grew into something far bigger than just the two of them. Kids Are Heroes is an incubator for very young social entrepreneurs. By showcasing children who are making a difference in their community, they are empowering other children to enrich their own lives as well as the lives of others. They now boast more than 450 children on their website from 18 countries who are drilling water wells in Africa, building homes in Haiti, or simply filling up their local food banks. MaryMargaret has been featured on the site 5 times, for donating pajamas to the homeless shelter, food and blankets to the animal shelter, helping to clean animals from the Gulf Oil Spill, providing stuffed animals to young cancer patients and donating 250 pre-loaded MP3 players to children in youth hospitals. She is the spokesperson for Kids Are Heroes, delivering speeches all over the country to local civic groups and large organizations. She had an appearance on the Ricki Lake Show in 2012. She emcees all of our events. She is now a junior in high school here in Georgia and is also a nail artist, video editor/producer and all around teenager
John Stilwell/Junior Achievement of Georgia
Lead Volunteer – Decatur High
John is a long standing Volunteer with the JA Fellows program and also engaged through volunteer service with several programs within the JA organization. He currently serves as the Lead Volunteer of the Decatur High School hosting site which is Kool Keys and a registered company exhibitor for the Kids Business Expo.
Jake Johnson/Beaux Up
Recently named the winner of Warren Buffett’s “Grow Your Own Business” challenge, Jake Johnson is stepping back into the entrepreneurial world with his patent-pending product Beaux Up. Jake and his sister are partners in their new business Beaux Up bow ties, an edgy twist on the classic self-tie bow tie where bow tie halves, made from upcycled vintage tie silk, can be interchanged on a unique clip allowing a completely customizable experience for the wearer. Jake was the creator of the Beaux Up idea, but he also enjoys marketing and the business of entrepreneurship. Jake is a tenth grader at River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC, but he has been involved in business from a much earlier age. At age 8, he and his sisters came up with the idea for Flipoutz, a silicone bracelet that holds coins that kids can trade and track online at flipoutz.com. As part of Flipoutz, Jake appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and lived to tell about it! He and his sisters were also featured on PBS Biz Kids and were nominated for ChiTAG’s Young Inventor of the Year. No stranger to entrepreneurship and the working world, Jake started his career as an actor at age seven. Among his favorite roles are the youngest “Ricky Bobby” in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Lucas Moran” on six seasons of Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” Jake plays soccer and football, runs cross country and track, plays piano, and has been a national finalist in the National History Day contest in both the performance and the documentary categories. Jake believes entrepreneurial activities are an investment in the future and he enjoys sharing his ideas with other business minded kids. He is a part of Independent Youth’s Teen Entrepreneurship Network and he travels the country sharing his knowledge and experience with other kids. Because of the growing interest in youth entrepreneurship, Jake and his family are creating online training for young entrepreneurs and their parents. A favorite quote is by Warren Buffett who said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Jake’s future goals include planting more trees of his own while helping others kids do the same.
Bio on Remington Youngblood As President and Founder of Change 4 Georgia, Remington’s mission is to help others. He displays an amount of enthusiasm and energy that only someone passionate about his work can do. His keynote presentations shatter myths and misconceptions about the limitations of young students being able to make a difference. Learn how this civil servant is meeting real human needs, and what he can achieve when individual responsibility and hard work are integrated with leadership skills and academic achievement. An award-winning, polished and engaging speaker, Remington has been invited to speak at over 100 venues in the southeast since the beginning of 2012, leaving audiences amazed, motivated and inspired! He has spoken to audiences up to and over one thousand people – alongside Georgia’s Governor, Lt Governor, Congressmen and Senators – to schools, churches, businesses and other organizations. He has been featured in newspapers and magazines, and interviewed on both national and local radio and television broadcasts. He was an on-going guest on The Ken Coleman show for a segment entitled, “The World According to Remington Youngblood.” Currently, he is working on his first book to inspire elementary school students to get involved in their community. He is working as a Human Interest Intern for Morning Coffee radio show at WCHM 96.7, where his job is to find inspirational young people who are changing lives! Just last week, he was asked to serve on the Advisory Board of a military organization. Remington is enrolled in all advanced classes, is President of Student Council, a member of Builders Club, and sits on The Forsyth County Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, and The Committee for Food and Nutrition. He has earned a Second Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a First Degree in Karate!