Local young entrepreneurs Jesse and Joziah Council were selected among the finalists in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s 2012 national competition today in New York City.
These Beaver County-based students participate in programs conducted through a partnership among: Entrepreneuring Youth, a local organization dedicated to helping young people take positive control of their lives through ownership of their ideas and their futures; the Franklin Center of Beaver County; and Community College of Beaver County.
Brothers Jesse and Joziah, ages 15 and 14 respectively, had recently won first place in the 2012 George W. Tippins Business Plan Competition, thereby earning their chance to compete with 35 other young entrepreneurs from across the U.S.
The Councils’ company produces “J&J Soothing Cream,” an all-natural, herbal cream designed to temporarily soothe minor aches and pains from arthritis, sprains and strains. Composed of eight different herbs, beeswax, and essential oils, their product is easily applied to the affected area with no oily residue or medicinal odor.
“These two young men have been an absolute delight to work with, mentor, and witness their path to success,” offered Jerry Cozewith, executive director of Entrepreneuring Youth. “They are the living embodiment of our group’s mission, to open the world of opportunities to young people by helping them develop and advance their own ideas as viable businesses.
“They distinguished themselves among the 35 truly talented competitors young people from around the nation. These young men enjoyed a unique learning experience that will undoubtedly shape their lives in ways yet to be revealed,” said Cozewith.