Last Friday, San Antonio teens and community joined NAWBO-SA (National Association of Women Business Owners) and AIOHO (An Income of Her Own) to celebrate San Antonio teens who have participated in this year’s An Income of Her Own program. This year, six young, deserving women received a total of $20,500 in scholarships.
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend this luncheon and listen to local women business owners speak on education and why they encourage the young women of today to, “reach for the stars and shine”. Susan Todd, the 2010 ESA Rising Star winner and founder of Bolingo Bags was the keynote speaker.
An Income of Her Own® (AIOHO®) is a collaborative effort between the NAWBO membership, school representatives and administrators, community leaders, university and corporate sponsors to reach teen women in under served high schools in San Antonio. AIOHO® encourages young women to explore entrepreneurship by exposing them to successful women business owners who model that the dream is possible.
The nine-month AIOHO® program includes:
- two Entrepreneurial Business Connections which provide:
- opportunities for teens to network with other teens and with women business owners
- interactive presentations on business etiquette and entrepreneurship
- two mentoring sessions at each high school in the program
- How to write a Business Plan training session
- a Business Plan competition for college scholarships
- an experiential, one-day conference that focuses on developing strategies, business plans, and resources for young women to start their own businesses
Participants in the program have an opportunity to win a scholarship toward college tuition.
We are very proud of these local young women and wish them a bright and successful future!