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Meet i.Invest Judge and Entrepreneur, Dr. Tamecka Knight

In 2016, Dr. Tamecka Knight, owner of Premier Pediatrics in Houston, Texas, volunteered as an i.Invest National Youth Business Competition judge and mentor. In 2017, she expanded her role to include joining the board of directors for the LifeSkills Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for i.Invest Competitions. In her own words, Dr. Knight discusses why she supports youth entrepreneurship.
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Tell us about your current position, why you do what you do and how it prepares you to mentor youth and youth entrepreneurs?
I am CEO of a rapidly growing pediatric medical practice in the Houston Metropolitan area. Not only do I own the practice; I also provide care to about 4,000 patients yearly. Because I work exclusively with pediatric patients, I see the creativity, the entrepreneurial spirit and the need for mentorship.
What three things should all young entrepreneurs be prepared for before they create a business?
Know your vision! Know how to handle failure. Simply, work hard.  In order to grow a business you have to know your growth potential. Have a plan, follow that plan, but be amendable to change when the plan does not go as planned. Failures during some aspects to the business development process will and need to occur to keep you growing. Surmount it and continue towards your vision. Lastly, work hard towards your vision. Hard work pays off every time. Failure is not an option.
Tell us about your biggest business failure and success.
My biggest failure was believing everyone would understand my vision, and therefore, everything would fall into place. You must know your vision and be able to sell it to everyone. Knowing that failure is not an option is the key to success.
Why is nurturing entrepreneurship important to you?
Entrepreneurship must be fostered early on in our youth. Our youth have the most creative minds and vision than any other generation. Equipping them with an entrepreneurial mindset encourages not only self-development in the youth, but serves to build the community and the economy.
Name the educational classes, business programs or real-world experiences that played a key role in your success and why.
Attending the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Starting Your Own Business classes allowed me to network with like-minded people who were on the same journey of learning the technical side of making our dreams and visions become reality.
Special thanks to Dr. Knight for her dedication to i.Invest Competitions. To learn more about the competition visit www.i-investcompetition.com.

Calling All Youth Entrepreneurs 13-19 Years Old!

Interested in showcasing your product or service and having your business idea evaluated by leading professionals from organizations like Google, John Hopkins University and BlueTree Angels? Sign up for the i.Invest National Youth Entrepreneur Business Competition. Online registration will open March 1-May 1, 2017. To compete all you need is a computer and a great business idea. To learn more, visit www.i-investcompetition.com or email info@i-investcompetition.com.

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i.Invest National Youth Business Competition set to launch next month

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PR Solutions LLC is excited to announce the launch of the i.Invest National Youth Entrepreneur Business Competition. Designed to celebrate the innovative ideas of youth business leaders from across the country, i.Invest is a web-based competition for students 13 to 19 years old with a demonstrable product or service derived from their imaginations.

Starting in March 2016, youth entrepreneurs can upload business plans and pitch videos to the i.Invest application submission platform for free and compete for cash, in-kind prizes, equity and non-equity investments. In addition, they will receive invaluable virtual mentorship and coaching from experienced business and academic leaders.

To view our growing list of judges and to register as a volunteer or sponsor, visit www.i-investcompetition.com or email jacksonmichelle24@gmail.com. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @iinvestcompFacebook and Linkedin.

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EYOUTH STUDENTS IGNITE, INSPIRE, INNOVATE AT I-PITCH COMPETITION 

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Twenty-seven middle and high school students from across Pittsburgh took the stage at Google in Bakery Square on March 28th to share new business ideas and celebrate youth entrepreneurship at the annual i-Pitch Competition. During the two hour event, EYouth students pitched products ranging from homemade cannolis to mobile apps and inspired a room of judges, parents, teachers and peers.

Sponsored by NextTier Bank and the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the i-Pitch competition was held as the culminating event for students from Beaver County Youth Entrepreneurship Collaborative, Brownsville Area School District, Entrepreneuring Youth’s Hilltop E-Center, Manchester Academic Charter School and Urban Pathways Charter School.  The judge’s pool consisted of 11 representatives from area public and private industries including Google, Neighborhood Allies, Ansys, Allegheny County Council, Alpha Lab Gear and Five Star Development, Inc. They were also joined by PA House of Representatives’ Member, Ed Gainey. Judges scored the two-minute pitches based on customer benefits, service features and presentation skills. Cash prizes were awarded to first, second and third places in middle school and high school divisions.

Top winners in the high school division included Grayden Sabol, founder of Footmark Tracking- a company that uses sound technology to find missing arrows; Nariah White, founder of Nariah’s Fabulous Jewelz; Caleb Kirkland & Maddison Angelone, co-founders of Holy Cannoli.

Middle school division winners included Cheyenne Rhone, founder of Hopes for the Best Survival Bracelets; Sanaa Morris, founder of Smore Cookies; De’Andre Gordon, founder of Phoenix Classic Designs, maker of custom T-shirts.

Congratulations to all the participants! 

Support EYouth’s up-coming Crowdfunding Campaign scheduled to launch on Indiegogo May 15th. Follow us at #IgniteMyFuture.

PR Solutions to Host First Charity Supper Club Event in Pittsburgh

PR Solutions LLC will host its first Charity Supper Club event on Sunday, April 26 at Sonoma Grille in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Charity Supper Club initiative is an exclusive dining experience held quarterly at a different restaurant in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Guests are invited to attend and encouraged to network, eat well and pledge at least 50% of the total cost of their restaurant tab to charity.

“Giving back is an essential part of our organizational culture,” said Michelle Jackson, CEO & Founder of PR Solutions. “Pittsburgh is a great place to start and nurture this initiative. Our goal is to collect small donations from individual donors and organizations and use them to make a big difference in the lives of people in need.”

The first event will benefit Entrepreneuring Youth, a local non-profit organization dedicated to teaching middle and high school students from under-served communities entrepreneurial skills. To learn more about the Charity Supper Club visit www.prsolution123.com.

To attend or for more information email info@prsolutions123.com or call 724-307-3056.