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The Young Entrepreneurs Academy kids start Saturday



TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Ava Skubic of Ava's Tasty Tidbits shows off some of the treats she had on sale at the Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday. Through Oregon’s Young Entrepreneur Academy, nine local teens launched their businesses to the public on Saturday, May 9, at the Beaverton Farmers Market.

The students, ages 12-17, are from Beaverton area schools and have been working out of the Beaverton High School library every Tuesday night for 18 weeks to innovate, create, plan, fund and now launch their own ideas into commerce.

The “Kidpreneurs” presented their business plans to an investor panel at Portland Community College on April 8 to earn their share of $7,200 in investment money. For the last month, they have been using those investments and their own money to register their businesses, buy insurance, stock inventory and create marketing materials.

On Saturday, they lined up with 200 other local businesses to display their products and services to thousands of local consumers at the Farmers Market.

“It’s really exciting and nerve racking for these kids and their families, just like it is for anyone starting a business,” said Mindee Hardin, herself a successful local entrepreneur as the owner of Boogie Wipes. “You really don’t know until that moment of exchange if it’s truly going to have the potential to be a profitable company.”

What: Aohana Custom Costumes

Owner: Tessa Winger

About: Aohana Custom Costumes specializes in Cosplay costumes. Cosplay is the practice of dressing as a character from a movie, book, or video game; especially popular is cosplaying the Japanese genres of Manga and Anime.

Phone: 503-516-3973

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What: King Penguin Tech

Owner: Dhruv BirlaTIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Dhruv Birla of King Penguin Tech kicked off his new business designing websites at the Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday.

About: Kingpenguin makes quality websites for businesses and organizations at a lower rate than a lot of other website companies.

Quote: “Dhruv is at the head of his field. Thanks to personal relations, his website only cost me $75, yet contains five pages, loads of information, great layout, and a chat system. He also made changes, no matter how small, almost immediately after I asked him to.”

Web: kingpenguintech.com

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What: Ava's Tasty Tidbits

Owner: Ava Skubic

About: Ava’s Tasty Tidbits is a food services business that makes savory muffins. Ava’s Tasty Tidbits makes one-of-a-kind muffins that no other stores or coffee shops in the Beaverton or Portland area sell.

Quote: “I had the pleasure of trying one of Ava’s pizza muffins at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. It was very tasty and filling. I was amazed at how full I was after one muffin. I highly recommend Ava’s Tasty Tidbits for a daily treat as well as a creative breakfast for a group.”

Phone: 503-716-2535

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What: Students Teach Kids!

Owner: Kevin JinTIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Kevin Jin of Students Teach Kids offers tutoring to students in grades 1-9; he launched his new business at the Beaverton Farmers Market on Saturday.

About: Students Teach Kids offers tutoring to students in grades 1-9, specializing in work in math, chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy and more.

Quote: “Kevin is an extremely helpful and ingenious individual. He's great with drawing diagrams by mouse on the virtual whiteboard and solving any math problem I send his way.”

Web: studentsteachkids.com

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What: Clear Drop Window Cleaning

Owner: TJ Barth

About: Clear Drop Window Cleaning provides professional, reliable, and quality Window Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning, Pressure Washing, and Holiday Light Decoration & Take Down and more.

Quote: "TJ Barth did a fabulous job cleaning my windows. TJ responded to my request for an estimate within hours. He arrived on time, dressed very well with a great presence. His estimate was reasonable and he carried out everything he committed to.”

Web: cleardropwindowcleaning.com

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What: Vaelixx

Owner: Janice ZhongTIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Janice Zhong launched her new T-shirt business, Vaelixx, at Saturday's Beaverton Farmers Market.

About: Vaelixx designs and sells modern, one-of-a-kind wearable art T-shirts.

Quote: "Janice's love for her business and her art clearly reflects in the high-quality apparel that she produces. The intricate designs that she fashions by hand results in a product like none other."

Web: etsy.com/shop/vaelixx

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What: Elephant Design & Marketing

Owner: Fiona Grigg

About: Elephant Design & Marketing is a service-based company that provides social media planning, management, and education to small and local businesses at an inexpensive price.

Phone: 503-997-9347

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