Youth Entrepreneur­ship

OUR WORK

The Brian Hamilton Foundation believes that students should be prepared for the entrepreneurial age. Through speaking events and online education, we empower students with the skills to recognize opportunities and launch their own businesses.

“BUSINESS”

Our goal is for young people to start businesses. We define a “business” as having at least one customer. We are excited when we hear youth talk about starting service businesses such as landscaping since the “business” startup process is very simple. For example, any young person can follow this simple process to launch their first venture: – Ask a neighbor or friend if you can mow their lawn (or any other task) – Go do an awesome job – Ask them for referrals – Repeat the process

Future Entrepreneur Tour

Middle and high schools are hosting Brian as part of their strategy to prepare students for their future. He advises students to continue their education but also inspires students to expand their options by exploring the principles of starting, running, and growing their own real businesses. We believe all students, regardless of course of study or course curriculum, will benefit from the Future Entrepreneur Tour. The talk helps introduce the values of entrepreneurship to young minds: a strong work ethic, honesty, and commitment. Students will leave the talk with a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship as a career path and as an avenue of financial stability.

Hamilton Challenge

The Hamilton Challenge is a youth initiative focused on opening the door of entrepreneurship for all.  During this 7 day journey, young people develop basic skills to launch their own venture.  To help increase the number of students who complete the challenge, the Foundation is partnering with teachers and schools to incorporate the Challenge into their classes. For more info, contact Scott Kelly at scottk@brianhamilton.org.

Triangle Children’s Business Fair

The Foundation is partnering with the Triangle Children’s Business Fair. The fair is the largest entrepreneurial event for children in the United States, where kids ages 6-18 will be given a chance to display and sell their own products and services and grow as future business leaders. This event will be held Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at Park West Village in Morrisville, NC. Do you have a young entrepreneur interested in participating? Click here to apply. 

Future Entrepreneur School Tour Testimonials

“Mr. Hamilton’s engaging style captivated the audience. As a result, Caleb went home and designed his own business cards. He was motivated to begin thinking about various career options, and how to make his dreams a reality. Mr. Hamilton showed our students that dreams are possible for any socioeconomic level or regardless of your background.”

~ Parent of West Wilkes Middles School Student Caleb H.

“Alexander is among the majority of middle schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in offering courses in entrepreneurship, making Hamilton’s Feb. 21 visit a natural complement to the curriculum.”

~ Herald Citizen

Learn More About Our Youth Initiative

Contact us to learn more about our youth initiative. If you are interested in having Brian Hamilton come to speak to your class or group, please visit our request a speaker page.

Why We Do It

Many kids in our nation lack exposure to the benefits of entrepreneurship. Their disadvantaged background locks them out of opportunity to climb the economic ladder. In some socioeconomic groups, only one of five students can read at grade level, which is a prescription for having low-end jobs that make upward mobility nearly impossible. Entrepreneurship should be for everyone in America, not just the privileged.

Background on the Problem

The Brian Hamilton Foundation believes in the power of education to prepare and propel students to reach new heights. However, we realize that outside factors prevent many students from receiving a strong education. While 84 percent of Americans will graduate high school, fewer than 50 percent will go on to receive an associate degree or higher. This statistic leaves 120 million people 25 and older without a college education. What does this typically mean for them? It means many people will have low-end jobs with little upward mobility. It means some of the kids you see today in your neighborhood won’t have the options afforded to their more educated peers.     For decades, Brian has been inspiring young minds to turn their passions into profit. With interactive and humor-filled presentations, Brian now helps youth to realize undiscovered skills and teaches them how to apply their diverse life experiences to entrepreneurial ventures. Ranging from topics of customer service to personal finances to building confidence, Brian has equipped hundreds of middle school students with the tools necessary to start their own low-capital businesses.

Price Middle School

“I didn’t know what an entrepreneur was but the[n] when Mr. Hamilton came to West Wilkes Middle School it changed my perspective on business careers.”

Caleb Huffman Student West Wilkes Middle School

Mr. Hamilton’s engaging style captivated the audience. As a result, Caleb went home and designed his own business cards. He was motivated to begin thinking about various career options, and how to make his dreams a reality. Mr. Hamilton showed our students that dreams are possible for any socioeconomic level or regardless of your background.

Mr. Brian Huffman and Caleb Huffman Teacher and Student West Wilkes Middle School

Mr. Hamilton’s presentation was perfect. His expertise gave the students a sense of awe and the fact he was willing to share that with them through the question and answer portion was perfect… Mr. Hamilton has inspired a lot of students and teachers.

Mr. Baucom and Mrs. Kastl Teachers West Wilkes Middle School

I can tell them according to the textbook how to start a business, but actually having that experience and making it more relatable, Mr. Hamilton was able to do that by coming here and making his presentation.

Kendrick Vines CTE Teacher East Millbrook Magnet Middle School

Having your own company is for everyone, not just those born into privilege.

Brian Hamilton Founder Brian Hamilton Foundation