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Alachua County Student Earns National Recognition for Business Savvy

Budding businessman Juliun Kinsey has a plan for his future, and that plan is already earning him national recognition. Kinsey, a 15-year-old sophomore in Loften High School’s Marketing Education program, is one of just 30 students worldwide to be named a Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). He was recognized for the business plan he developed for Eagle Pro Apparel’ a business that will sell uniforms and other ‘spirit gear’ to students at Loften.

Hundreds of students nationally and internationally submitted business plans to NFTE that addressed such issues as marketing strategies, projected income, return on investment and tax liabilities. The best plans were chosen by a committee of volunteer business executives and NFTE staff members.

Kinsey will be going on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the NFTE’s annual gala celebration in April. He will also have an opportunity to present his plan to the influential business leaders who will be attending the celebration and will take home a $500 check to help get his business started.