SOURCE: Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

November 19, 2009 06:05 ET

Junior Achievement Gives Houston Teens an Opportunity to Live the "American Dream"

JA Company Trade Fair Open to Public on December 5 From 12 Noon - 5 p.m. at Memorial City Mall

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - November 19, 2009) - According to a recent poll conducted by Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, 63 percent of Houston teens would like to start their own businesses someday. The poll also found that 78 percent of those teens believe that entrepreneurial skills should be taught in college or earlier.

Junior Achievement is responding to these findings by offering entrepreneurship education for high school students. Through hands-on activities and the support of a volunteer, Junior Achievement programs like the JA Company Program and student competitions like the JA Company Program Trade Fair, are designed specifically to help students learn how to start and operate their own business ventures.

On Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 12 noon - 5 p.m. at Memorial City Mall, Houston-area students from nearly 20 high schools will take part in a student competition, the 2009 JA Company Trade Fair, by selling products to the general public they have designed and manufactured. The students will be judged on their trade booth display and business presentations. One of the competition's goals is to measure each team's business achievements with members' individual personal development and knowledge.

The 2009 JA Company Trade Fair will take place in the mall common area by the Cinemark Memorial City Theatre, on the second floor outside the box office. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors to the trade fair will also have the opportunity to register to win 2 tickets to the Houston Rockets vs. Trail Blazers game on January 29, 2010.

For more information about the 2009 JA Company Trade Fair, contact Rachel Winebrenner at 713.682.4500 or

"According to a study by Gallup for Junior Achievement, 95 percent of individuals responsible for hiring decisions at their companies surveyed said that it was important for the American workforce to become more entrepreneurial to remain competitive in a global economy," said Rick Franke, president of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. "The JA Company Program Trade Fair is an opportunity for student entrepreneurs to demonstrate the teamwork, leadership and innovative thinking that will help them drive future success in the business world."

For more information about the poll or study, contact Kevin R. Hattery at or visit

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