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High School Senior Gets Backers For His Pillow Business

Bobby Jones, a high school senior ar Greece Athena High School, started his own designer bedding and pillow business last year for a program at school.  The Young Entrepreneurs Academy program, or YEA! for short, teaches students how to write business plans and pitch investors so they can create their own job opportunities.

Jones’ creations have received a lot of attention in a short time and they can now be found for purchase at local boutiques and gift shops.  Last month, after pitching his business plan to investors, he received double the amount he’d asked for!  His backers include local business people that donate their time and expertise to the program.

In addition to the $2,000 in funding he has received, Jones also has a chance to compete with other YEA! program business plan finalists from across the state for a $10,000 scholarship.  Jones is looking forward to studying fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Jones first learned to sew through a pillow making class he took at a local JoAnn Fabric Store.  He took the class because fashion institute admissions counselors told him that it would look good on his application for school if he could list sewing skills.  Then, when he couldn’t come up with a business idea for the YEA! program, his mom suggested that he try making pillows.

His designs have done so well that he has since branched out with curtains, lampshades, and duvets.  Jones eventually hopes to break into fashion design for women.  Read more about Jones’ story in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, or learn more about the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy at the YEA! website.

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One Response to “High School Senior Gets Backers For His Pillow Business”

  1. Mimi Morton says:

    Would it be possible to see pictures of Bobby Jones pillows & other creations?

    Regards,
    Mimi Morton

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