Friday, October 31, 2008

Jason O'Neill Featured on "Inspire Me Today"

When most people think about young entrepreneurs, college students starting dorm room businesses or recent graduates taking an entrepreneurial path come to mind. A young entrepreneur following a slightly different path is 12 year old Jason O'Neill, who started his business, Pencil Bugs, at age 9. On November 1, 2008, Jason O'Neill will be the featured Inspirational Luminary on (Profile Link)

Pencil Bugs are bug-shaped pencil toppers, and each Pencil Bug is handmade and includes a certificate of authenticity with its name and date of birth. O'Neill made his first bug as a way to make school more fun. The idea caught on, and soon he had created a business. In this clip, Jason O'Neill talks about his role in the Pencil Bugs company:

Even though it wasn't always easy, O'Neill stuck with his business, and his efforts have been paying off. Pencil Bugs is growing and producing additional products, and O'Neill has been recognized with many honors and awards, including the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award which he was the youngest person to ever win. In the following clip, O'Neill talks about the importance of perseverance:

To see the rest of O'Neill's interview and other inspirational young entrepreneurs, visit eClips.

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