Bella Scoma

Bishop Moore Catholic High School

Class of 2021

Directed The Funding Of A Grant To Enact A Business Plan And Training Program With The Business Owner

Designed A Logo, Website, Advertising Plan And More With Nigerian Embassy Development Experts

Assisted In Launching A Start-Up Business In The Developing World With International Development Experts

My Business Consultant Training

Grant To Enact Solutions

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Consulted With A Business

In The Developing World


Usman owns a carpentry business and specializes in making and repairing kitchen cabinets, beds, wardrobes, couches, and chairs.

The business opened in 2009. Usman's business helps him ensure that the members of his community have access to affordable, comfortable and quality furniture for their homes and offices.

Usman has trained and employed five members of his local community and hopes to create more jobs in the future.

With the profits from his business, Usman supports his wife and two children. He has been able to purchase a plot of land as well as a bicycle.

He also provides a crucial service to his region, as carpentry service is often required in his community. Usman's carpentry business directly benefits eight people in his wider community.

Story Of The Business

Usman is a 43-year-old man who lives in a small two-bedroom house in the Railway community of Bauchi State, Nigeria.

He is married and has two children, a boy and a girl. Every morning, he drops his children off at school before he heads to work at his carpentry workshop. Usman pays for his wife's schooling at Bauchi State Polytechnics.

Over the next decade, Usman would like to make at cost furniture for his community. He believes by working to furnish local schools and government agencies he can improve morale in his community and make a mark on his town.

Usman would like to use his business as a training center for future carpenters. He believes that additional training programs like his apprenticeship project can continue the positive growth his community has been experienced for the past five years.

About The Business Owner

The market demand in the Birshi community is high for low-cost furniture. Many homes have gone unfurnished due to the lack of affordable couches, chairs and tables.

Usman is working with his community to furnish homes in some cases for the first time. It is his goal to add additional apprenticeship programs to continually give back to the community who makes his business possible.

In the future, Usman would like to look for additional ways to assist with the growth of his community.

One avenue that Usman has begun assisting with is Leadership Initiatives Orphan Care and Independence Care Program.

Usman would to eventually assist with other community leaders taking in more orphans by providing financial assistance along with beds and furniture to allow for homes to house these individuals and provide them with a promising future.

Community Impact

1. Designing New Furniture

Usman would like to begin designing more complex furniture for his community.

To accomplish this, he will need to save funding for new saws and equipment. In the short term, this will be a large cost for his business to bear.

In the long-term, the new equipment will allow him to build more furniture using the same amount of resources, thus allowing him to lower the cost of the products he produces.

2. Website and Social Media

Usman would like to be the first furniture company in his region to have a social media presence.

The goal of this outreach would be to allow customers to see his products without having to visit his shop and make orders online. This would allow him to better allocate resoues and staff, lowering costs.

Problems Facing The Business


Meeting Our Business Partner

Our team began the solution-development process by having a one-on-one Skype calls directly with our business partner.

We learned more about his life, family, and business—as well as the issues he was having.

By discussing first-hand the problems our partner faced, our team successfully and efficiently began to brainstorm solutions to improve his business.

The on-staff translators and business development experts helped facilitate the process and ensured our team asked the right questions.

Each morning we held frank discussions about our solutions, the advice we had received during the day before, and the timeline to begin implementing our ideas in real-time.

Meeting Our Business Partner

Expert Assistance Workshop

Nigerian Embassy Business Consultation

Partnership With Top Executives and CEOs

Solution Review By Top Development Experts

Internship Program Highlights

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Expert Assistance Workshop

Our team then met with leading experts in the field of business and community development from top US companies, the State Department, the Pentagon and leading Georgetown Professors.

These leaders included Professor Sarah Stiles of Georgetown University, who has received Georgetown's highest faculty honor, the Edward B. Bunn award, in 2014 and 2019, making her the only woman in Georgetown History to receive the award twice.

We streamlined our initial solutions and used their guidance to further our efforts in solving the issues our business partner was facing.

Our team advanced our communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on project management and development.

By the end of the week, we had synthesized the advice of leading experts from across the globe for our grant proposal to transform the life of our business partner.

Nigerian Embassy Business Consultation

The Nigerian Embassy invited our team for an exclusive tour, a presentation on Nigerian economic development, and a banquet with top diplomats.

We ate authentic Nigerian cuisine, immersed ourselves in the culture, and discussed problems facing our business partner, the community he worked in and the country as a whole.

At the end of the trip to the Nigerian Embassy, our team was able to work directly with Nigerian development experts, including a former ambassador to the United Nations.

Each expert gave new insights to our proposed solution and was able to provide us specific details to help shape our grant proposal to ensure the grant transforms lives.

Partnership With Top Executives and CEOs

Throughout the course of the program, our team met with top CEO's from across the nation. They reviewed our solutions, offered advice on our grant proposal, and briefed us on the upcoming presentation.

This consultation gave our team the confidence and acumen to develop practical solutions and present them to the grant panel for our business partner.

John Hecklinger was one of the mentors we had the opportunity to work with. As the Executive Director of the Global Fund For Children, John had a unique insight into the grant proposal process.

John taught us how to present ideas to leaders from major companies and organizations and was able to give us advice we would use to refine our proposal.

Solution Review By Top Development Experts

Our team presented the final solutions a panel of expert judges from Dartmouth, the UN, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the Nigerian Embassy.

This formal presentation allowed our team to practice our skills and measure the effectiveness of our communication, all while showcasing our efforts to transform the business we had partnered with.

At the end of the presentation, we were able to receive feedback on our grant proposal for our business partner.

Over the next four weeks, our proposal would be reviewed three more times by development experts and Leadership Initiatives sponsors before being approved and put into action in the Fall of 2019!


Step-By-Step Solutions For Our Business Partner

How I Transformed A Business

New Furniture & Tools

In order to maximize productivity and customer satisfaction, Usman is interested in purchasing power tools for his business.

With the addition of new tools such as a power saw, Usman will be able to create furniture at a much quicker pace.

My Solutions

My Business Plan

My Presentation

Marketing & Advertisement

To ensure the success of his business, we worked with Usman to design a logo, business cards, flyers, social media, and a website to attract new customers.

Usman plans on posting his flyers and business cards in highly populated areas of his community such as local mosques, schools, and marketplaces in order to maximize his customer base.

My Business Plan

How I Transformed A Business

How I Transformed A Business

How I Transformed A Business

My Solutions

My Business Plan

My Presentation

My Presentation

How I Transformed A Business

My Solutions

My Business Plan

My Presentation

Our Presentation

Our team presented the final solutions to a panel of expert judges from Harvard, the United Nations, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the Nigerian Embassy. Our presentation received high marks and the grant for our business partner received full funding.

This formal presentation allowed our team to practice our skills and measure the effectiveness of our communication, all while showcasing our efforts to transform the business of whom we were partnered with.

My Team

Aidan Leach

Class of 2020
Aidan Leach

Class of 2020

Aidan Leach is a rising senior attending Lake Orion High School. Aidan is an aspiring business owner and stock broker with a rigorous schedule of extracurricular and AP/Honours classes

I his free time, Aidan enjoys playing games, both tabletop and virtual. Aidan is apart of multiple student lead organizations, including but not limited to - Young Republicans, DECA, Business Professionals of America, Model United Nations, and even more! A large part of Aidan's free time is spent reading or studying the current events of the world and seeing how he can add to the current system of education in his local Lake Orion High School. As for more relaxing teenage hobbies; biking, nature walks, and trying new foods and restaurants.

Aidan is ready to have an absolute blast in D.C. for a second time. The opportunities presented are too grand in stature to give up, plus there are like minded individuals at this gathering. Aidan simply can not wait to get involved in D.C. again.

Mackenzie Donohue

Class of 2021
Mackenzie Donohue

Class of 2021

Mackenzie Donohue is entering her junior year at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida. Mackenzie has started visiting colleges in Florida and Georgia. Mackenzie enjoys English and Social Studies and hopes to pursue a bachelors in business and a minor in legal studies. 

Mackenzie’s ultimate goal is to attend law school upon completion of her undergraduate studies.

Mackenzie has participated in a variety of sports, but is most passionate about volleyball and swimming. As a 5 year club volleyball player, Mackenzie has learned the importance of teamwork and honoring the commitments that she has made to her coaches and teammates.  As a swimmer, Mackenzie enjoys the individual performance aspects of the sport as measured by her improved times.

Mackenzie is engaged with several volunteer projects that serve very different needs. She routinely volunteers at the Boy & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. Mackenzie enjoys working with the younger children in the clubs and helping with fundraising events. Mackenzie also participates in a local program called teen court. This program is designed to teach high school students about court proceedings and give them an opportunity to act as jurors.

Mackenzie’s long term involvement with the Boy and Girls Clubs of Central Florida has created a strong sense of compassion and desire to help others. Mackenzie looks forward to participating in the International Leadership & Business Summit to gain experience and guidance from university professors and experienced business professionals in addressing problems being faced by small businesses owners.

Bella Scoma

Class of 2021
Bella Scoma

Class of 2021

Bella Scoma is a rising junior attending Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida. Bella is an extremely hardworking student. She dedicates most her time to her studies and community service. In early 2019,Bella won the national NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award. This award formally recognizes extraordinary young students attending Catholic schools who through their selfless service, innovation and commitment to social justice are changing the the world. 

Bella is very passionate about her music and recently recorded with a Grammy award winning musician, John Driskell Hopkins. Along with her music, Bella is very involved in her school community. She is a part of 15 clubs, three of which she is a founding member. 

Bella enjoys creating solutions and helping those in need. She is especially excited to participate in the International Leadership and Business Summit Tier II. Bella’s goal is to make the world a better place for all.

Emmet Gingerich

Class of 2021
Emmet Gingerich

Class of 2021

Emmet Gingerich is a rising Junior at Roosevelt HS in Seattle, WA. Emmet enjoys Math and Science and participates in a variety of sports. 

Emmet plays soccer, swims and just finished the decathlon in track and field. Emmet also enjoys reading, playing video games and spending time with his friends.

Emmet is looking forward to participating in the Leadership Initiatives Entrepreneurship program in Washington DC. The program will give Emmet leadership experience and help him get a jump start on his career. It will also be fun to be in a new place without my parents and to be on a college campus.

Maodan Tohouri

Class of 2022
Maodan Tohouri

Class of 2022

My name is Maodan Tohouri and I am a rising sophomore from Amador Valley High School in California. Driven by my passion for activism my school activities have included organizing the National School walkout for my school as well as joining forces with neighboring organizers to plan the march for our lives and a panel with our assemblywoman Catherine Baker. This passion also extends beyond my school career in activities like the EMPOWER Coalition by the Women's March.

Beyond my activities in activism, I also participate in varsity tennis and my school's debate team.I am equally passionate about these activities and spend upwards of 10 hours a week playing tennis during season as well as participating once a week in debate club.

My leadership skills have helped shape my experience in life and I will utilize them this week in my developing the solution for my business partner

Sindis Alvarenga

Class of 2022
Sindis Alvarenga

Class of 2022