Deshel Hambrick wanted to drop out of the competition the day before she pitched last year because she was so nervous, she said. She ended up getting an investment from the judges, and she is now planning the grand opening of her business. (Photo: Contributed)

Howard High School senior Deshel Hambrick has gotten an early start on entrepreneurism and philanthropy.

She’s one of the winners from last year’s high school business competition, through which she got funding for her idea that she’s now turned into reality.

4 Ever Young Thrift Store is a donations-driven thrift store for her school.

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Store location, hours
4 Ever Young is located at Howard School in the old gymnasium behind the school’s main building. Store hours will be Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The idea is to take donations, which can be dropped off at her school, and then sell them at prices affordable to young people.

And with prom season approaching,Hambrick is planning a grand opening event to collect gently worn prom dresses. That event will be held March 11 from noon to 3 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m.

This month,Hambrick will accept donations and make them available to purchase at a discounted rate.

Girls can keep the dresses, or if they return them in good condition after prom, they will receive 50 percent off the cost of the dress in store credit.

Prom dressdonations can be dropped off at Howard School’s main office during school hours.

Hambrick is one of several students who have participated in the LAUNCH High School Entrepreneurship Program. Click here and here for more about other students who have started businesses through the program.

Click herefor an article from last year about theHigh School Entrepreneurship Program, which is a semesterlong effort in which students learnbusiness startup fundamentals, focusing on market opportunities, viability,feasibility and innovation, equipping them to launch and grow successful entrepreneurial ventures.

At the end of the program, students pitch their ideas.

Hambrick won $1,000 to start the store at the pitch competition, even though she was so nervous before the event that she said she wanted to quit.

Updated @ 2:47 p.m. on 3/6/14 to add more information about the grand opening event.

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