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Growing Up

Students learn real-life business lessons.

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Three years after it began as a seedling at an inner-city Los Angeles high school, Food From the Hood has grown into an award-winning student-run company whose roots are beginning to spread across the nation.

Food From the Hood, which we first spotlighted in January 1994's "Business Beat," is a nonprofit corporation that enables students to earn scholarships by promoting and selling a salad dressing they created. The company's creamy Italian salad dressing is sold in 2,000 grocery stores in California as well as in natural-foods stores in 23 states. The group was also recently recognized as Kidpreneur of the Year during the Creativity in America '95 conference in Universal City, California.

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