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U.S. Employers Added The Largest Number Of Workers In Nearly Three Years.

U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November and wage gains picked up, a sign of economic strength that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.

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Australian Teen Wins Young Innovator Award for Do-It-Yourself Computer Kit for Kid

15-year-old Brisbane student Taj Pabari expects to start exporting his invention – an educational do-it-yourself tablet kit – soon. Taj has clinched a deal with a retailer in South Africa to stock his ImaginTech tablet kit, which is designed to teach children about computer hardware and software. The kits are aimed at children aged four to 14. Children use them to assemble their own Android tablets, which come with a visual game creation tool that teaches them the basics of programming. Parental controls have been worked in to the device.

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Apple &  Code.org  Partner To Teach 1 Hour Of Coding To All Comers Next Week

Computer Science Education Week is December 8–14, 2014. Apple is supporting Code.org by hosting workshops and other special events at your local Apple Store. You can Join the company on December 11 for the Hour of Code, a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming.

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Teen Youtube Star, Bethany Mota, Discusses Key To Success

Nineteen-year-old Bethany Mota—one of the young women featured in YouTube's star campaign—never thought she would have her own clothing line at Aéropostale or be a guest judge on Project Runway, let alone be in the running to win ABC's Dancing With the Stars. It's hard to believe that the energetic online starlet, who runs a YouTube fashion and lifestyle vlogging empire, was a shy teen when she started her career in 2009. Here are five things Mota revealed about her success in a recent interview. 

> Read Full Article in AdWeek by Michelle Castillo


Maker Faires Proving Popular With Teen Inventors and Entrepreneurs

We here at TeenBusiness.com have been keeping an eye on the maker movement recently. While there are incredible new opportunities for young inventors to take part in exciting new Maker projects around the country and across the globe, your first question might me: what is the Maker movement and why do I care? Some may tell you that the Maker movement is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) initiative. And if you frame it that way, there is nothing new about Maker culture. Hobbyists have been tinkering away in their basements for centuries, creating inventions out of wood, metal and circuit boards.

> Article About the Maker Faire Movement at TeenBusiness.com by Nkem Modu

> Article on The World Maker Faire

> Twitter: @MakerEDorg


16-Year-Old Teen Provides Books To Thousands of Underprivileged Students

Sarah Lackey, a 16-year-old from San Diego, learned the power of books at a young age, and she wants to ensure that all kids have the same access to books that she had. 

“When I was kind of alone, books were my escape,” she told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Whenever I read, I went somewhere else. I didn’t have to think about my problems and books inspired me to do more with my life.” 

> Read Full Article In The San Diego Union-Tribune by Pam Kragen (@pamkragen)

> See Sarah's Site, Booksforfriends.com


Generation 'Z', Born Through Recession, Are Inspired To Run Own Businesses

They are the first batch of 'digital natives': most of them are younger than Google, which launched in 1996. And having watched their baby-booming parents struggle up work ladders, they plan to put their expertise into practice as early as possible. Dan Schawbel, founder of research firm Millennial Branding and author of Promote Yourself, told MailOnline: 'Generation Z has everything at its finger tips.  'You can start taking classes online or connecting with experts before you're 10 years old. 

> Read Full Article In The Daily Mail by Mia De Graaf (@miadegraaf)


Intel Just Invested Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in this 13-Year-Old Boy's Startup

Shubham Banerjee, the 13-year old CEO of the Braille printer maker Braigo Labs, had no idea what Braille was until last year. It was only when he came across a fundraising flyer for the visually impaired that he started to wonder how blind people read. So, like any other 7th grader would do, he asked his parents. His father’s response: “Go Google it.”

> Read Full Article in Businessinsider by Eugene Kim (@eugenekim222)


These Young People Are Youtube Toy Reviewers With Over 1 Billion In Views

These are among the young power brokers who will determine the toys that will be under Christmas trees this year. At a time when toy sales have stagnated for years at $22 billion, children who review toys on YouTube are wielding increasing influence. Toy makers are courting them for their ability to connect with a generation that views the online video sharing service like baby boomers do HBO.

> Read Full Article in USA Today by Anne D'Innocenzio & See Video@ADInnocenzio )


A 12-Year-Old's Bow Tie Company, Mo's Bows, Already Has $150,000 In Sales

A 12-year-old entrepreneur who started a bow tie company three years ago has already hit $150,000 in sales. Moziah Bridges appeared on CNBC to promote his holiday collaboration with Cole Haan. Bridges told CNBC he loved dressing up, but could never find bow ties he liked. To solve the problem, his grandmother taught him how to sew. 

> See CNBC News Video and Report

> See BusinessInsider News Article

> See Mo's Bows Site


High Schoolers Gardening Their Way To Entrepreneurship

Each of the plants had been grown from seeds in a food and garden class at San Francisco’s June Jordan School for Equity. High school students learned how to care for them, replant them, harvest them, cook them and, in a new twist, sell them. 

The program is taking traditional school gardens to a new level, where the green isn’t only in the dirt or student diets but in their wallets. The project, supported by school garden nonprofits Urban Sprouts and the Schoolyard to Market program at the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, combines the traditional health, nutrition and science topics associated with school gardens with entrepreneurship.

> Read Article In San Francisco Chronicle by Jill Tucker (Twitter: @jilltucker )


Teen Bamboo Bike Manufacturer from Ghana

At 15 years old, Winnifred Shelby co-founded Ghana Bamboo Bikes Intiative in an effort to address unemployment and environment degradation through effective use of local resources. Now 19, Winnifred can boast of produce 60 to 100 bicycles a month. employ 10 employees with an average family of 5 (most of them women).  Winnifred is a finalist in one of Africa's most prestigious award for young entrepreneurs -- the Anzisha prize. Her company, Ghana Bamboo, is recognized for being environmentally friendly and sustainable with local resources.

> See Anzisha Prize Profile

> See Youtube Video of the UN General Secretary Riding a Bamboo Bike 

> See GhanaBamboo.org Site

> See Winnifred's Youtube Video


Teen's Jewelry Business to Raise Human Trafficking Awareness

Carly Hartman may only be 18, but she has already created quite a stir with her humanitarian projects. Recently, Carly added a new line of jewelry called the Freedom Collection–a choice of two necklaces (“Free Him,” “Free Her”)–which donates 50 percent of the proceeds to organizations that support ending human trafficking. “We’re starting with Dream Center in L.A,” she said. “They house ex-prostitutes and do amazing things.” 

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> Carly's Site


Time's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014

Teens today might have a mixed reputation, but there’s no denying their influence. They command millions of fans on Twitter and Vine, start companies with funds they raised on Kickstarter, steal scenes on TV’s most popular shows, lead protests with global ramifications, and even—as of Friday—win Nobel Peace Prizes. But which ones rise above the rest? 

> Read Time Magazine's Article and List


Alex Shlaferman Is Founder of Vante Toys

Many people dream of inventing a product and growing rich. Inventor Alex Shlaferman, 20, founder of Vante Toys, has already done it, and not just once, but multiple times. The first time he was only 15. And 2014 will be another milestone year, he says. He expects his consumer-products company, founded when he was 16, to do about $10 million in revenue. His venture has been so lucrative, that he now owns his own factory in China, employs nearly 50 people, and is in negotiations for a reality show based on his insane life.

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14-Year-Old Brooke Martin Just Came Up With An Invention For Video Chatting Your Dog.

At age 12, Brooke Martin of Spokane, Washington came up with a new way to stay in touch with her golden retriever. Now-14-year-old Brooke, armed with her resulting invention, iCPooch, just competed against some of the most renowned entrepreneurs in today's tech world -- and won. The app automatically connects your two devices, so your pet doesn't have to "pick up the phone." iCPooch also lets you automatically deliver a treat to your furry buddy through a device similar to a Pez dispenser.

> Read GeekWire Article

> Read HuffingtonPost Article

> See Brooke Martin's Video Pitch of  iCPOOCH at GeekWire Summit.


This 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur Just Debuted Her Clothing Line at NY Fashion Week

The intrepid path being forged by 13-year-old Isabella Rose Taylor begs a fundamental question for any young entrepreneur wondering when to start up: “Why wait?” . Social media provided a wider jolt of recognition. Taylor’s Facebook page, which now counts more than 166,000 ‘likes’ -- in addition to the novelty of her age -- garnered the attention of local news outlets and eventually major national programs including the Today show.

> Read Full Article at Entrepreneur Magazine

> See Youtube Video On Fashion Debut


Millionaire Teen Entrepreneur Nick D’Aloisio Leaves Role at Yahoo for Oxford University

Nick D’Aloisio, the teenage entrepreneur who sold his news summarising app Summly to Yahoo for an estimated £19m, has decided to leave his role with the tech firm to go to university. 18-year old D’Aloisio, had taken up the role of product manager for the tech firm at the end of last year to manage the app; which after being absorbed by its acquirer was changed to Yahoo News Digest.

> Read Full Article at Startups.co.uk


The 16-Year-Old Girls Who Won The Top Prize At The Google Science Fair

Using bacteria to combat the global food crisis? A trio of Irish 16-year-olds came up with this project, which took the grand prize in the competition. After extensive tests, the students discovered that two naturally-growing strains of Rhizobium bacteria--which have a symbiotic relationship with legumes--speed up the germination process of barley and oats by 50%, and increase crop yield by an average of 30%.

> Read SweetyHigh.com Article 

> Read Fastcompany Article by Ariel Schwartz


China's Alibaba Group With Largest Initial Public Offering In History

You all know the headlines: the biggest ever tech float. The biggest ever Chinese float. The biggest ever US IPO. In fact, after yesterday’s increased price range, very likely the biggest IPO ever, with the potential to raise over US$25 billion. But what exactly is Alibaba? What does it do? Alibaba is China’s biggest online commerce company. It is chiefly a domestic operation, which sounds limiting, but when one considers the numbers around China’s discovery of the internet, one can see the appeal: China had 618 million internet users at the end of December 2013.

> Read Forbes Article