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.
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.
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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