What started as a classroom project may become the next big thing.

With so many news headlines these days centered around young people destroying the lives of their peers - here comes the story of a young lady whose trying to enrich our lives and turn the tide on the negative stereotypes that have become the label of today's youth.

Morgan Brock, came up with the idea of the "Soap Pocket Wash Cloth"  while taking a class in entrepreneurship in high school as a junior at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in 2009.

"When I first took this class it was just to get an easy A. I use to really be into nail art and I wanted to open a nail salon. My teacher, Mr. Stewart suggested that I bring something new to the table because their are a lot of nail salons out there. So then I went back and thought about developing a product for the class. My dad told me about his business idea with one in particular being the problems with bathing when soap scum develops - and when bars of soap slip out of your hands and fall - to when the soap bars become so small that you throw it away. That is when I decided to come up with the Soap Pocket Wash Cloth".

Under the guidance and leadership of her teacher Mr. Scott Stewart - Morgan entered the Chicago land Entrepreneurial Future Founders competition and placed first overall. She appeared on an episode of Monsters and Money to talk about her wonderful achievement.

She entered the Nifty competition and placed first for the most innovative design and was granted a scholarship to college.

Morgan then started to conduct marketing research analysis  and creating a business plan  to see if her invention would appeal to consumers. She received an overwhelming response and decided to take her product to the next level.

She entered into trade shows across the country receiving a huge fan fare while selling hundreds of her wash cloths to consumers and small business owners.

Morgan now attends Purdue University where she is majoring in Pharmacy. She has not abandoned the idea but in fact she has just agreed to sign on with the Purdue hotels in West Lafayette, IND to be the supplier of washcloths for it's guest and when visiting schools travel to compete in athletic competitions.

"I had to put my business on the back burner because it was important for me to attend college and receive my degree but I haven't given up on my business and now I have been re-invigorated to launch my it once I graduate. I just know that this business is going to work".

Morgan knows that her biggest obstacle is to go out and secure financing for this venture.

What cannot be allowed to happen is to have such a great idea fall into the abyss of many other business proposals due to financing.

I don't think that it would be a good thing for Ms. Brock to follow the advice from Governor Romney - when he stated to a group of entrepreneurial students at a college in Ohio - that if they want to start a business go and ask their parents to take out a loan.

What!

Hmm, that just does not sound right to me.

President Obama says that he is going to fight so that all Americans will have the opportunity to achieve the American dream.

Okay.

That has become more and more in the rear view mirror with the present economic times - many Americans are still trying to find a job.

What we all have to do is make sure that someone like Ms.  Brock is lifted up and allowed to soar to greater heights and be allowed to complete the journey which started out as a simple school project that she was only trying to get a good grade for the class.

Morgan is trying to improve the quality of life and not follow the path of so many other young adults who are taking the lives of others.

Now that sounds like the American dream to me.

 

 

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  • Is your goal to write a nice piece on a talented potential entrepreneur, or sway votes for Obama? Morgan Brock is an intriguing topic, the diversion into national politics made for a week, disjointed article.

  • In reply to palehoze:

    Hi palehoze, sorry I have not been able to get back with you on your response but I have been away on an assignment. The reference was in no way a plug for the president, but to bring up a point that Governor Romney had stated. Thank you for reading and your response and please keep the responses coming.

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  • In reply to Eric Sherman:

    Thanks again Eric and I appreciate your responses and please keep them coming.

  • Great piece! More attention is needed to highlight the great work of our teachers and students, especially in our public schools across America. Why are so few school adopting business, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy as a part of their core course offerings? What jobs are we preparing students for unless we are teaching students Mandarin French, capitalism, free trade, investments, and business, especially entrepreneurship.

    Morgan has a great future ahead of her thanks to NFTE (the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), CPS and teachers that go the the extra mile to provide a rigorous, applicable, and engaging experience for our young people.

  • In reply to ssteward:

    Thank you so much Scott and sorry about the name spell. When you get a chance please read my next blog and I welcome your responses.

  • it was a cool blog...

  • In reply to chanelreid912:

    Hi Chanel,
    I am glad that you enjoyed my story and I hope that Ms. Brock story has inspired you. Please keep reading my blogs and tell your friends about my new one.

  • Cool Blog

  • In reply to Maya Papaya:

    Maya,
    Glad you liked it. Please read the new blog and I will respond to you.
    Cheers
    Ken

  • This was very interesting and inspiring. I am attending that school now.

  • In reply to brittanyp:

    Hi Brittany,
    Glad you liked it. Please read the next blog and tell your friends.
    Cheers
    Ken

  • In reply to brittanyp:

    Hi Brittany,
    Glad you liked it. Please read my next blog and tell your friends.

    Cheers
    Ken

  • In reply to brittanyp:

    Brittany,
    Glad you liked the story. Please continue reading my blogs and tell your friends

    Cheers
    Ken

  • This was an inspiring story. I'm a student in High School and I attend Gwendolyn Brooks as well. This motivates me to be in the business of entrepreneurship and invent my own product.

  • In reply to TeddyPender:

    Teddy,
    Glad you liked it. Please continue reading my blogs and tell your friends.
    Cheers
    Ken

  • I think that this article is very interesting.

  • In reply to Lawren:

    Lawren,
    I am glad that you liked the story. Please continue reading my blogs and tell your friends.

    Cheers
    Ken

  • This was a great piece. It really insipered me. It made me feel that once you are determen you can make something happen.

  • In reply to Vanessa15:

    Vanessa,
    Glad you liked the story. Please keep reading my blogs and tell your friends.
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    Ken

  • That was nice, thank you for writing that. it will definitely inspire someone.

  • In reply to fabi:

    Fabi,
    Glad you liked it. Please keep reading my blogs and tell your friends.
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    Ken

  • Morgan is a great inspiration.

  • In reply to prettyprincess:

    Hi,
    I am glad you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading and tell your friends and family.
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    Ken

  • it wasnt that good. it detracked from its topic with the political part.

  • In reply to SamstheMAN:

    Hi
    I am glad that you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading and tell your friends and family.

    Cheers
    Ken

  • I think that it is very inspirational that she started a business and that she went to the high school that I am attending. I think this young woman will go very far in life and she is very bright.
    -Mariah Howard

  • In reply to mariah:

    Mariah,
    I am glad that you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading and tell your friends and family.

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    Ken

  • It is very intresting
    A very good article

  • In reply to Jonyboii:

    Hi,
    I am glad that you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading my blogs and tell your friends and family.
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    Ken

  • This article was goood !!

  • In reply to Harmii:

    Hi,
    I am glad the you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading and tell your friends and family.
    Cheers
    Ken

  • I found this article very interesting.

  • In reply to nicole15:

    Hi,
    I am glad that you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading and tell your friends and family.
    Cheers
    Ken

  • this was very inspirational. morgan seems very ambitious & a good role model

  • In reply to RyceRyce:

    Hi,
    I am glad that you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading my blogs and tell your family and friends.
    Cheers
    Ken

  • This was very interesting

  • In reply to TheFamousKimmie:

    Hi,
    I am glad that you enjoyed the story. Please tell your family and friends.
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    Ken

  • Morgan Brock is a great inspiration. She attended my school, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. I plan on taking the same class to be successful.

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    I am glad that you enjoyed the story. Please keep reading my blogs and tell your family and friends.
    Cheers
    Ken

  • This was a good artical. I liked what it talked about

  • I really liked this article. Morgan is an inspiration to many people. She inspires kids and teens to follow their dreams and be creative.

  • This passage was decent but the idea was obvious and easy

  • I think that this is a very good article. It's nicely detailed with things that she said and Ken's comments. I think that Morgan is going to be very successful in life and as a student at Brooks I hope to be the same. Hopefully better.

  • Nice blog!

  • morgan brock story was a great example of finding the american dream.

  • Morgan Brock was really smart to make a new invention while she was taking her class about entrepreneurship. Morgan got accepted to Purdue because of this great invention. When she graduates, she'll be able to sell her "Soap Pocket Was Cloth". I liked this article alot.

  • This was a great article it is full of great information and fully explains what her situation is. I hope that Morgan can continue to do better

  • morgan brock story was great example of trying to finf the amreican dream

  • This article was a great inspiration because when most people chase their dreams they leave a highschool and college education behind and end up living on the street. Morgan Brock also inspires me because she shows everyone that they can get out of chicago and make a living

  • This is a very good article. It inspires me to work harder in school.

  • This article was very interesting. It teaches a moral.

  • I feel this article inspires us as students to look beyond something that we want to do to make money or get by in life but to look ahead at something we can do to help others and ourselves at the same time. This includes higher education which means going to college and being able to use the knowledge we obtain to later on do what we want, help others, or both.

  • I really think thats great what your doing. Not many people start something with their life using their everyday surroundings. Thats an easy and smart way to make money. Good luck! :)

  • I think that this is soo wonderful , I've always wanted to go into inventing things but could never think of something that either hasn't already been invented or that would help improve everyday life . I go to brooks now and it is that very reason I was inmidated on selecting Mr.Stewarts class. I was afraid I'd fail because Im not an 'innovator' . But non the less congradulations on your success and i wish the best of luck on mrs.brock for the future.
    -Betty W.

  • i believe that this article really points out the truth about kids these days.and the potential they have

  • I think what your doing is great and very inspiring. Not many people can put their thoughts to what they do. And I think thats great that you do. Good luck!

  • This article is so inspiring to me. It gives me much courage to actually make a difference. Where you come from should'nt matter, it's about where your going.

  • This article was very interesting and this sort of story can make you believe that anything can come true.

  • This story should be an inspiration for anyone trying to accomplish anything in life.

  • Nice blog and great inspiration

  • This blog, in my presumtion, is a good way to persuade young people to do good in their lives and to pursue any dream they have , or once had in the past. This young lady could be an inspiring great role model to any one, young or old.

  • Morgan you are such a great role-model. Keep up the success.

  • As a highscool student as my self, this was very enlighting. This shows me that any thing as little as a school project can go to great lengths.

  • morgan shows how us brooks eagles fly high in the sky.This show me that i can and will do the same thing.

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    A vey cool and useful idea. Proud to be attending the same school as someone as successful as her.

  • This story is a great inspiration. Not a lot of people have the drive that Morgan Brock has to invent a product and make to make go it into production while in school.

  • This article is very interesting and I love the new invention!

  • I really want to know what her product looks like and where can you purchase it ?

  • I'm also a student at Brooks college prep. I've always wanted to start my own business Morgan's story is an inspiration to me personally. I wish Morgan the best of luck in her business.

  • This article is very interesting and It is inspirational.

  • I really enjoyed reading this blog because it inspired me to do my best at Brooks now being a student at Brooks.

  • a very creative and innovative idea. i hope one day i can achieve her level of creativeness.

  • I feel that this article has been very informative and feel that Morgan Brock has set the stage for students at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep.

  • This article proved that people can make something out of nothing. Morgan just wanted a easy A and she turned it in to a thounsand dollar idea.

  • I feel that her story is very insperational not only because she graduated from brooks (the school im currently attending) but because I want to take Mr. Stewarts class next year and be as successful as her

  • i think this was a very good idea. i would like to invent something like that while im in high school too.

  • Morgan shows that anything you dream of doing can happen if you jus have a lttle determination. She is an ispiration to all kids in chiacgo.

  • Morgan's story was very inspirational to students who works hard and strive to achieve goals at school. She is a very hard working student i hope she continues to be succesful.

  • Her idea is really good and I am pretty sure that it will be very helpful to many people. And as for the author why the sudden topic change?

  • This is a great story. Just the kind of story that gets people thinking, maybe I can start something like that too. And nice to have some good stories about those Mean Streets.
    Prof B

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