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Starting a business at any age is difficult, making it profitable is even harder. Yet, Derelle Roshell stared his first business at 16 and his second at 18 and has made both profitable. Derelle shares how he was inspired to become an entrepreneur, how to make his businesses profitable and some unique approaches to positioning your business that will ensure success.
Lingua Cocoa, a chocolate company founded in Chattanooga that aims to infuse ingredients from around the world into chocolate to raise cultural awareness. Beginning his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of sixteen, he was determined to create a brighter future for his community, family, and most of all, himself. While using the skills he had acquired along his small business journey, he was recruited to work for a local non-profit called LAUNCH Chattanooga. At LAUNCH he was granted the opportunity to get back into his community, where he was able to encourage and help build and facilitate the millennial entrepreneur movement through LAUNCHs High School Entrepreneurship Program. After leaving LAUNCH, Derelle was led to Nashville, where he is currently re-launching Lingua Cocoa and creating a short network series he calls Young & Hungry while finishing school at Tennessee State University. Through this series, he hopes to inspire, lead, and motivate his generation.
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