Youth entrepreneurship isn’t just about curbside lemonade stands. Generation Y has been making its own income in innovative ways. For many of them, that means entrepreneurship. According to Kauffman Foundation, young entrepreneurship in the U.S. is on the rise, with the 20-34 age group comprising 29 percent of the total new entrepreneurship activity in 2011.
Ahwatukee area high school seniors were once again eligible to receive an educational scholarship from area residents and businesses. Keeping it in the local family is indeed a different twist on scholarships, but one that has been embraced by the Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation (ACCF).
Mr. Bryan Brinkley of Arizona People Acting for a Safer Society (AZ PASS) wrote a guest commentary in the AFN on Aug. 30, titled “Should guns be loved more than other people?” in which he seems to be offended that AFN published two rebuttals by a “loud minority in the community” to the stance that he and his organization represent.
Michael Mefford, an Ahwatukee native and Desert Vista High School graduate, is currently studying economics and supply chain management at the W.P. Carey College of Business and is the president and founder of the Enactus Club, which focuses on international organization entrepreneurship. He also serves as a project leader and designer for Global Food Registry.
Entrepreneurship fuels Ahwatukee’s economic innovation and prosperity. But did you know that when you shop at locally owned businesses, your money is recirculated over and over? With every $100 that is spent at a local retailer, $68 will return to the community through taxes and payroll. These dollars create wealth and additional sales tax revenue to pay for things like parks, libraries, and city services.
Armani Del Franco, a 2010 alumnus from Horizon Community Learning Center, graduated from the University of Arizona Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in finance and entrepreneurship within three years. Del Franco graduated summa cum laude. During his tenure, he was on the dean’s list with distinction, president of Eller Scholars and volunteered within the Tucson community serving others. He was also recognized as an Eller Centurion and Eller Excellence Fund member. In his spare time, he participated in the university’s intramural program, as a defender on the Inner Tube Water Polo Champion’s team, the Yuma Polar Bears.
Mary Myles, a 2009 alumnus from Desert Vista High School, will graduate from the University of Arizona Honors College this month with degrees in marketing, business management and entrepreneurship from the Eller College of Management.
Three high school students submitted three big ideas to the Ahwatukee Chamber Charity Foundation with hopes of being selected for a brand new college scholarship. On Wednesday the foundation presented a $4,000 scholarship to Spencer Elliott of Mountain Pointe High School, and a $500 scholarship to Josh Greene and Emily Pawlik, both Desert Vista students.
In an effort to get ahead of the curve in entrepreneurship and student success, South Mountain Community College (SMCC) has appointed long-time Ahwatukee Foothills center associate dean Dr. Cheryl Crutcher to a new position.
If home sales are a gauge of a market’s desirability, Ahwatukee has gotten a lot more desirable over the last two years. Sales of single-family residences (SFR) in January 2013 were 88 percent higher than in January 2011, and 5 percent higher than in January 2012.
Dedicated to helping students learn, longtime Ahwatukee Foothills resident and Arizona State University professor Dr. Mary Niemczyk hopes the release of her second book will gain the attention of students Valleywide.
We will remember 2012 as a year of change and extremely hard work by our board, staff and countless volunteers. As we wrap up the year, we thought we would take this opportunity to summarize what your Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has been up to since January of this year.
The South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee Foothills campus is offering an Entrepreneurship Certificate Program with seven different classes in all aspects of running a small business including marketing, finance, hiring and managing employees and creating business plans.
The Nov. 16 guest commentary by Arizona State University English professor Neal A. Lester (“In recipe for success, humanities and arts are as essential as science and math,” AFN) reminds me of a comment I heard back in Minnesota — “A potato farmer believes that all of the world’s problem can be solved by planting more potatoes.”
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]