South Miami teen serial entrepreneur gets global honor
Two years ago, Andres Cardona recognized his community lacked an affordable option for youth to hone their basketball skills so he established the South Miami Basketball Academy while attending John A. Ferguson Senior High. Beyond basketball skills, the academy stresses that work ethic in sports must carry over to academics. Cardona, now at Florida International University and studying business, has hired employees to help him with the camp. In addition, he has started a marketing company called PublicizeUs.com, to help small business develop websites and eCommerce.
"If you have an idea for a business you should launch it," he recently told The Miami Herald. "Don’t be afraid of failure. Failure is only going to make your next business that much stronger."
NFTE is an international non-profit organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring youth in low-income communities to pursue educational opportunities, start businesses and succeed in life. NFTE’s South Florida chapter, one of the nation’s largest, is helping more than 3,000 students, said Alice Horn, executive director of the chapter.
"These budding entrepreneurs are the future of the American dream and are creating their own success story through hard work, determination and creativity. It reminds me of when I was just getting started, selling knit hats on the streets of Queens," said Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank and founder of FUBU Clothing Company, who will serve as the celebrity host for next week’s gala. "I’m proud to support these promising young teens as they strive to continue growing and expanding their businesses."