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Jonesboro resident starting mentoring program

Entrepreneur Mark Little is starting a nonprofit organization to teach young adults how to be successful as a business owner. Little is accompanied by his wife Donna and their dog Toby. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

Entrepreneur Mark Little is starting a nonprofit organization to teach young adults how to be successful as a business owner. Little is accompanied by his wife Donna and their dog Toby. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

JONESBORO — Mark Little, 49, is a life-long resident of Jonesboro.

Since the age of 18, he’s owned his own business. Before that, he worked in his family’s business.

Now after being self-employed and learning the ins of outs of being his own boss, Little wants to impart some of his knowledge to others with the Society of Young Entrepreneurs.

Little is president and founder of the non-profit organization

“I get really passionate about this,” Little said.

Little explained that he wants young people to know there’s a way to own a business and be successful. However, to do so comes at a price.

“It’s going to be hard and there’s got to be self discipline,” he said.

With SOYE, Little and his partner, Obom Bowen, will teach people the skills needed to become an entrepreneur.

“Applying these skills will allow students to become successful both personally and financially,” according to the company’s information. “SOYE curriculum will include patterns for being happy, high performance business development, sales, attraction marketing, laws of success, the philosophies of success and self-employment.”

Little said they’re going to teach people to see thinks others miss.

“We’re going to give them facts they need to build a business and remove things that blocks them from seeing opportunities,” Little said.

While the nonprofit is in its early stages, Little and Bowen have already created a class curriculum with the hopes of becoming part of Clayton State University’s continuing education program.

The pair also plan to host several weekend and week-long training events in the area.

“Starting a business is not a get quick rich thing, it’s a lot of work,” Little said. “Do it as long as it takes to be successful and don’t quit.”

For more information about SOYE, contact Little at 770-603-0055.