Indie Soul Student of the Week: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)


— On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, I had the privilege of being a judge at NFTE Business Plan Competition Semifinals. It was truly an honor to give back by giving time to budding entrepreneurs.

Students presented their business plans to various business, professional, and entrepreneurs. Our job was to pick the best presentations. This may seem easy but it’s not. Some students were already running businesses and other students’ ideas already had serious backing.

I truly enjoyed myself and will be back again if I am asked. Many thanks to the teachers, volunteers and businesses who have supported NFTE. For more information call: 443-721-6052 or visit:

Below is the list of five students will be competing on June 3rd, for a slot at the national competition in New York on October 6th. :

  1. Business Name: Kickies Cookies Student: Carlton Ross (Roland Park Elementary School) Caffeinated chocolate-chip and espresso cookies
  2. Business Name: Sotaia’s Accessories Student: Madison Woodward (Calverton Elementary School)— Handmade bow clips and headbands.
  3. Business Name: Ozone Hats Student: Onalee Anderson (Roland Park Elementary School) Bright and colorful winter hats.
  4. Business Name: Power to the PCB Students: Javon Gholston & Michael Heier (Patterson High School)— Printed ergonomic circuit board tool.

5.Business Name: Sweets for the Sweet Student: Noah Tunis (Roland Park Elementary School) Affordable delicious customized cupcakes that are delivered to the customer’s doorstep.