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First Coast Connect: Business Isn't Just For Adults


The millennial generation has become part of a growing trend in teen entrepreneurship.

For the first time, Jacksonville will be having a Teenpreneur Conference June 10-11 at the Embassy Suites, located at 9300 Baymeadows Road.

The 2016 Teenpreneur Conference will feature teen entrepreneurs from around the world, who will share their knowledge of how to run a successful business. There will be classes on how to write a proper business plan, how to use social media effectively and how to communicate with customers.

Eva Baker, founder of the Teenpreneur Conference.

Eva Baker, 20, founder of the conference, is already the owner of her own business. Her business provides personal finance information for teens through her own website. Teenagers can find out how to get a part-time job, how to budget and how to save.

Baker appeared Wednesday on First Coast Connect to discuss the  first Teenpreneur Conference and why she is so passionate about young entrepreneurship.

“Teen entrepreneurship is something that’s really kind-of up and coming,” she said. “There are so many teens out there that are starting their own business because they can’t get a summer job and just need to make some extra money.”

Baker has talked with fellow teenage entrepreneurs throughout the country and said a common problem is they tend to feel very isolated.

“Even though there are a lot of us, we sometimes feel like we are the only ones in our community doing this,” Baker said.

By creating this conference Baker hopes it will be a place where fellow teen entrepreneurs can come together, support each other, and help one another.