Dream Weaver

(Sells Like) Teen Spirit

Talk about a busy schedule: In addition to attending daily classes and playing on the Westwood Warriors varsity football team in Austin, Texas, 17-year-old high school senior Richard Williams has been running his own part-time, homebased business since age 14.

Hearing friends complain about broken pagers gave Williams the idea for Electronic Board Service (EBS). The company reconditions and resells some 1,000 pagers a month for close to 20 wireless communications companies in Texas, Arizona and Nevada.

Although he occasionally meets a bit of resistance in the marketplace because of his age, Williams doesn't let it slow him down. "When [people] see that you know what you're doing," he says, "they start to pay attention."

Across the country, teens like Williams are starting careers and businesses before they even finish high school. Encouraging these young adults to explore business through its three-day weekend Young Entrepreneur Camp and its Entrepreneur Club is KidsWay (http://www.kidsway.com), a youth-targeted entrepreneurial organization. It also publishes a bimonthly, 16-page news magazine for teens.

For more information about KidsWay or to subscribe to its news magazine (a one-year subscription is $16), write to KidsWay Inc., 5589 Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341, or call (888) KIDS-WAY.

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Dream Weaver.

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