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Florida Teen Wins Entrepreneurship Award For Bakery Business

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 4/12/2010

A 14-year-old Florida girl has been recognized with an entrepreneur of the year award for her bakery.

A teen from Florida has proven that receiving an award for small business ownership is exciting news for entrepreneurs of all ages.

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Fifteen-year-old Shea Gouldd, a high school freshman from Palm Beach County, has been named Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. The announcement was made at the South Florida chapter banquet and BRAVO awards ceremony, held recently in Fort Lauderdale.

The ninth-grader is the owner and chef of Shea's Bakery, a gourmet bakery that she runs out of a commercial kitchen. Looking to follow her passion for cooking and serve her community, Gouldd started the bakery in 2008 at the age of 14.

In just one year, word-of-mouth referrals helped the business grow by 300 percent. It now features a menu of more than 60 gourmet items. Shea's Bakery donates goods to a local soup kitchen and gives profits to a number of charities.

The National Association of Women Business Owners was founded in 1975. According to the association's website, it is "the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries, and boasts over 7,000 members and 80 chapters across the country."

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