COSTA MESA — The city's youngest would-be entrepreneurs will host a luncheon Thursday to showcase the achievements of a Costa Mesa nonprofit's summertime business program.
These girls, ranging from 9 to 11 years old, are participating in the Youth Empowerment Self-Sufficiency (YESS) program. They will help Girls Inc. staff host the open house and luncheon event with community members from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The 10-week program focusing on business walked the budding entrepreneurs along the various steps from start to finish of launching and running their own companies — from applying for a business license to turning a profit in a competitive market.
The girls were asked to create a fictitious business and to find creative solutions for staffing, advertising and managing finances, program facilitator Nathan Roa said.
"The girls learn to be very independent," Roa said. "We not only ask them to come up with their own ideas, but to be responsible for what they do. They know that it's up to them to make [the business] a success."