Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

Student Affair

Teen entrepreneurs compete for cash.

By
This story appears in the December 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Long gone are the days when teens couldn't wait to donMcDonald's uniforms and start their first jobs. Today'steens have higher aspirations--they dream of becoming notemployees, but entrepreneurs.

"Almost every student, in the back of his or her mind,wants to own a business," says Tim Coffey, corporatedevelopment director for Reston, Virginia-based DistributiveEducation Clubs of America (DECA) Inc. That much is obvious atDECA's annual conference, the Entrepreneurship ParticipatingEvent, which has been attracting young entrepreneurs for more than30 years.

4th of July Subscription Sale - Unlock this subscriber exclusive article and more for 20% off today.

Access all Entrepreneur content with no ads, unlock discounts, and get exclusive advice only available to our subscribers. Plus, our magazine delivered straight to your door.

Get 20% off an annual subscription today. Just use code SAVE20 at checkout.

Entrepreneur Editors' Picks