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Posted: January 6, 2012 3:46 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Richard Black of Blythewood was recognized as a 2011 Top 10 Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by Yescarolina during its second annual black-tie gala, “A Night at the Coppa,” at Memminger Auditorium in Charleston. Richard, 14, is the son of Willie and Gertrude Black of Blythewood and grandson of the late David and Estelle Jones of Camden. He is a ninth grader in the Bio-Health Magnet Program at Ridgeview High School in Richland School District Two. During the gala, the Top 10 Students of the Year displayed their business plans. YEScarolina, a non-profit organization founded by Jimmy Bailey, is the only organization in the state of South Carolina dedicated to teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. The organization provides entrepreneur summer camps and teaches teens to create jobs for themselves. Richard’s business plan, Ribbons and Bows Inc., features novelty art items which he created over the years. Richard’s hobby as an artist became a business after attending YEScarolina’s Entrepreneurship Camp/ Black Pages Biz Camp when he attended Dent Middle School. He was one of the winners of the Biz Camp and the recipient of seed money to start his Ribbons and Bows Inc. business. Richard’s business plan story is featured in YesCarolina’s publication: The Spirit of Outreach -- 34 Inspiring Stories.

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