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47 Kids: The Business Owners of Tomorrow

CBS47 is proud to partner with First Five Fresno County to bring you today’s edition of “47 Kids.” Organizations and families are working together to support the growth of young children.

Today, we see how the Clovis Chamber of Commerce is training the business owners of the future.

For Abby Bonjorni business is in her blood.

“I was that girl that tried selling you a candy-bar if I had two candy-bars,” Bonjorni said. The 17-year-old runs “Braid by Design,” an online accessories company.

The teen says she hasn’t always been business saavy. It wasn’t until she received a tough diagnosis and had to quit sports.

“That’s when we stumbled upon yea! and it was probably the best thing we ever stumbled upon,” Bonjorni said.

The first of its kind in California, Young Entrepreneurs Academy organizer Fran Blackney says the six-month course turns teens into well-rounded business owners.

“They hear from experts, we go on field trips,” Blackney said. “The kids are learning how to market on the internet, the whole works, we cover everything.”

In its second year the program maxed out at 24 students. But, Blackney says, they’re not just any teens.

“The only kids we want, the kids that when I ask them, what’s your big idea, they get all excited about it,” she said.

For graduates like Abby, the program did more than teach her how to run a business, it changed her perspective.

“If I can do this while I’m this young, imagine what I can do in two years,” Bonjorni said. 

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