Preparing students for careers as business owners.
The dream of many students is to become self-employed. Results of a US Department of Commerce study show that youths’ strong interest in starting a business derives from the freedom associated with being their own boss. According to a Gallup Poll study done in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 7 out of 10 students say they want to start their own business. Entrepreneurs generate ideas; produce goods, services and jobs; and produce the economic activity that drives the local economy. Despite the widespread acceptance of the key role small businesses and entrepreneurs play in our economy, many institutions of learning are not preparing our young people for careers as business owners. They are overwhelmingly being prepared for a life of working for someone else. In today’s rapidly changing economic climate not everyone is going to be able to find that “good job with a good company.” The PIE™Academy is making students aware of the possibilities offered by entrepreneurship and providing them with knowledge, skills and attitudes to seize those opportunities.
Anthony Todd Bell is a native New Orleanian. Yearning to serve his country, he enlisted in the United States Army. His primary duty was nursing. Anthony served in Korea and was stationed in several states across the country. Anthony also completed a stint in the Gulf War. After retiring with 25 years of service, he began his career as a Nurse for the Veteran Administration hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Anthony holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and a Master’s Degree in Management from American Military University. His combined experience is in leadership and organizational management.
Anthony’s current role has him managing product services in education. He is a liaison between Business owners and key Executives helping students succeed. He serves as President of the Alumni Association for St. Augustine High School, Georgia Chapter serving over 1200 members and a member of the Toastmaster International. He also serves as a Board Member of Intellectual Development Capital Corporation (ICDC). Anthony has been married for 20 years and enjoys traveling and cooking.
For More information about bringing Participating In Entrepreneurship (PIE) Academy to your high school or university campus, contact Mr. Bell @(504) 521-6810 or email@example.com