Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
— Barack Obama
Empowering Young People Through Business
Making Moguls is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to helping disadvantaged and disengaged students succeed in the business world by developing their entrepreneurial skills and providing support for their dreams.
Making Moguls provides enterprising young people with the tools and resources necessary for entrepreneurial success. Through its innovative portal — accessible at makingmoguls.org — young entrepreneurs find the following:
…where industry professionals (including attorneys, accountants, businesspeople etc.) virtually mentor young people — who are engaged in entrepreneurial programs — through live 1-to-1 chats.
…where young entrepreneurs discover their business financing options, apply for seed or expansion capital, pitch their ventures to potential funders and engage in all aspects of the funding process.
…where young entrepreneurs find extensive materials on a variety of topics helpful to fledgling businesses, materials which are used directly by them or which are brought to the Mentoring Hub and worked through with the assistance of an experienced professional.
Next Level Training
…where young people who have completed their initial entrepreneurial programs and have started ventures enroll in higher level training courses to enhance their skills and learn how to scale their businesses.
…where young entrepreneurs and industry professionals engage in virtual 1-to-1 or group mentoring sessions through a fully integrated, interactive platform.
…where young entrepreneurs, industry professionals and Making Moguls personnel engage in a free exchange of ideas.
An Effective Program – and an Unmet Need
To open doors for disadvantaged and disengaged youth across the country, Making Moguls works closely with META24, a highly innovative educational curriculum and entrepreneurial training program. META24’s initials stand for Make-Enterprise-Teach-Achieve*.
*Making Moguls and META24 are separate and distinct entities.
JORGE“It is real, it is ours. I mean we get to learn something that other high school kids don’t...”
At age 16, Jorge was determined to make a better life for himself. He enrolled in the META24 entrepreneurial training program, completed the curriculum and started his first business, making wooden game sets and custom furniture through his company, The Built King. Drawing on that experience, Jorge now operates landscaping/gardening, snow removal, and paving businesses. Through his talent, hard work, and determination, he has turned his life around and is on a path to sustainable entrepreneurial success. “It is real, it is ours. I mean we get to learn something that other high school kids don’t and I am still reading, writing, and doing math, but in a way that I understand,” he says.
LATANDRA“I want to continue to use my art to grow NUBIS, while working at a career job to buy my own home and raise a family...”
Latandra is another young minority entrepreneur who travels three hours round-trip every day to a Chicago school that offers the META24 program. Since enrolling, she has started multiple businesses including NUBIS, her fashion pillow and baby clothing lines. Latandra also is training for a job in manufacturing upon her graduation. “I want to continue to use my art to grow NUBIS, while working at a career job to buy my own home and raise a family,” she says.
DEJON“At first, I didn’t think that I could possibly own a business in my own neighborhood... Now I am planning to... hire folks from my neighborhood to run my business.”
Dejon, a recent META24 graduate and young “soap” entrepreneur, describes META24 as life-changing. “At first, I didn’t think that I could possibly own a business, or run a retail store in my own neighborhood. But I launched an all-natural soap business, broke even and continued to invest in my business. Now, I am planning on going to college close to home to raise my son and hire folks from my neighborhood to run my business,” he says.