Communities Helping A New Generation of Entrepreneurs, Inc. (CHANGE) was founded in 2005 by Ms. Sonya Lane and Mr. A.D Wilbourn. CHANGE was created to bring awareness about small business development. In early 2004 A.D. Wilbourn began to formulate a music production company, during his start-up phase Sonya and A.D. often discussed how great it would have been if they had known in high school that owning a business was an attainable goal.
They began research on entrepreneurship in Arkansas and found some schools had teachers who implemented entrepreneurship or economics into their lessons during the school year. This prompted them to start providing resources to the community to bring greater awareness about entrepreneurship across the state of Arkansas.
Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in today’s society for various reasons. The entrepreneur is often the source for providing new and improved products and services. The best ideas for new businesses come from our youth. 7 out of 10 high school students say that they would like to start a business someday. The future of the small business world lies within the creative minds of our youth, and they should be given all the skills needed to turn a great idea into a successful business.