After starting her first business at the age of 14, an Atlanta high school student is about to be recognized for her business acumen under the bright lights of New York City.

Youth Entrepreneurs® Georgia student JuShawn Carter, a senior at Benjamin E. Mays High School, began her business, CakesbyFourteen, in 2009. It has grown over the years and in 2012 generated gross annual sales of more than $6,000 – no small feat for a teenager.

Carter offers decorated cakes from her home and provides a wide variety of tastes and styles. “Growing up, I tuned in constantly to the cake shows, and then my cake decorating hobby became my passion,” says the young pastry chef.

“Working with pastries takes a lot of time and creativity. I plan to attend La Cordon Blue and extend my knowledge in the culinary field.”

On April 23, 2013, Carter and Franchesca L. Thompson, a Youth Entrepreneurs® Georgia teacher at North Atlanta High School, will be honored at the 25th Anniversary Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Gala at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

Youth Entrepreneurs® Georgia is a high school business education program that helps create productive members of society and improve communities by cultivating an entrepreneurial way of thinking.

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