Young Local Entrepreneurs: YEScarolina and Motley Rice support future leaders

Through the years, Motley Rice has enjoyed working with YEScarolina to help support the organization's mission to teach business skills and foster the principles of entrepreneurship among students throughout South Carolina. Following such events as the Fun Day at Frankie's fundraiser and Biz Apps Camp, this program is one which we are pleased to see come to fruition.

"Motley Rice believes strongly in the mission of YEScarolina, and, through our support of this remarkable program, we continue to encourage our community's young leaders to pursue their ambitions and reach their full potential," said YEScarolina board member and Motley Rice employee Carolyn James.

We look forward to following the accomplishments of the young people taking advantage of the business plan competition and are proud to have played a role in making the program possible.  

Read more about the business plan competition program in a press release recently distributed by YEScarolina: 



Inaugural competition gives students opportunity to participate in business plan competitions

Students from four Charleston County schools will compete in a series of business plan competitions organized by Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina (YEScarolina), sponsored by local plaintiffs' law firm Motley Rice LLC.

Students will present original business plans developed as a part of their entrepreneurial studies, which are based on a curriculum created by YEScarolina program partner The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Their complete business plans must include organizational structure, a target market, competitive analysis, a marketing plan, the economics of one unit, ROS & ROI, financial strategy and a projected income statement. 

"We are thrilled with the drive and creativity these young entrepreneurs demonstrate. For some, entrepreneurship could be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Entrepreneurship provides an avenue for financial independence, a benefit to all. These young entrepreneurs are certainly shaping up to be the dynamic business leaders of the future," said YEScarolina Founder and Executive Director Jimmy Bailey. 

Students will present their full business plan to peers, teachers and volunteer judges from throughout the business community for a chance to win capital to support their business ideas. The top student from each school will win $250 and be eligible to advance to the county-wide and state-wide competitions. The grand prize winner will earn $3,000. 

"The creativity and innovation of these kids coupled with their ambition to succeed is inspiring. Their ideas serve as the foundation of our future economy and community, and we could not be more proud to support and encourage such admirable entrepreneurial spirit," said Motley Rice co-founder Ronald Motley

Participating schools include James Island Charter High School, St. John's High School, Wando High School and West Ashley High School.

About YEScarolina
YEScarolina, 501(c)3 non-profit, is the only organization in the state of South Carolina dedicated to teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. Recognizing that South Carolina's future is dependent upon a vibrant Entrepreneurial Economy, YEScarolina is preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's business owners and business leaders.

YEScarolina has helped thousands of young people from communities statewide build business skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. To date, YEScarolina has trained and certified over 550 South Carolina teachers on the subject of entrepreneurship. These educators in turn have touched and inspired thousands of young South Carolinians with a thirst for entrepreneurship. YEScarolina offers entrepreneurship training to public school teachers statewide without charge.

About Motley Rice
Motley Rice is one of the nation's largest plaintiffs' litigation firms. Motley Rice attorneys have experience taking on complex civil cases against large corporate wrongdoers, including pioneering asbestos lawsuits and their lawsuit against terrorist financiers on behalf of 9/11 families. Since its founding, the firm has made investing in, supporting and giving back to the communities in which its employees work and live a priority. The firm, which employees more than 65 attorneys and hundreds of staff, is headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and has additional offices in California; Connecticut; New York; Rhode Island; Washington, D.C.; and West Virginia. 

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