Kalamazoo high school students win business plan challenge, offer to compete nationally

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Three West Michigan high school students will soon be competing nationally after winning a young entrepreneur business challenge.

It all started with an idea that three Loy Norrix High School students came up with when asked to create a business plan and model for a YES (Young Entrepreneurz Solutions) Business Plan Challenge.

“I had seen the opportunity, and I wanted to just take full advantage of it,” said Ja’Quan Jennings, one of the winners of the YES Business Plan Challenge.

Ja’Quan Jennings is just one of three who joined “Men of Purpose” his freshman year of high school. Now, Jennings is about to be a senior at Loy Norrix High School.

“Men of Purpose” is an organization started by a teacher to give students the tools they need to stay on the right path while also networking and helping throughout the community.

“Our class was pretty disruptive, so he came in to help out,” said Jennings.

Through a partnership between Comerica Bank…

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