Teacher's Journey Inspires New Entrepreneurs

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Head of a branding company built from the ground up, Julian Young knows a lot about entrepreneurship. To help other start ups, Young created a course at Metro Community College through his non-profit,
"The Start Center."

"I've always seen entrepreneurship as a way to empower people, make money yes, but first and foremost add value to people's lives," said Young.

Nicole Hardnett, who started a cupcake business called "The Cupcake Nerds" said she needed a course to help her push past her fears, and Young has helped her.

"My small business, can it stand against all of these larger companies? And he's like, 'don't give up,'" said Hardnett.

Young knew he had entrepreneurial talent at a young age, but he channeled it on the streets. He sold drugs, and said he was good at it.

"The skill-sets that you use to build an enterprise, we were using them building a drug trade, so it was entrepreneurial skills, but we were using them the wrong way," said Young.

The wrong way nearly landed him in prison on multiple criminal charges. Young said that was his breakthrough.

"When you hit rock bottom only thing you do is start to look up -- that's a wake up call."

A mentor helped nourish Young's talents in college, teaching him about business and encouraging him to start his own. Years later, his consulting business has done well, but he wanted to help other entrepreneurs, specifically from the minority community.

Students said Young's journey has inspired them to persevere.

"If this door closes, he's gone to the next door, and he has never given up, he's continued to have faith," said Hardnett.