Entrepreneurship students get an inside look at LAX operations

Local youth entrepreneurs got an inside look at our LAX airport program.

In partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) organization, we were honored to help host 20 Hawthorne Middle School students who are working on creating their own businesses at LAX. The students spent the day learning about what it takes to be successful in the aviation industry.   

LAWA has hosted the annual event, which focuses on businesses associated with the aviation industry, with NFTE and Hawthorne Middle School since 2015. The day included talking with URW’s LAX General Manager Maral Matossian, some of our concessions partners, Los Angeles Airport Commissioner Karim Webb and LAWA officials. It also included an airfield bus tour and lunch.  

“It was incredibly inspiring to interact with these young entrepreneurs and hear about their business ideas,” Matossian said. “We are always looking to bring new businesses, especially minority and women-owned businesses, into the airport and help them succeed. Hopefully one day we will be working with some of these ambitious students.”   

Students had an opportunity to hear from Greg Plummer of Concord Collective, Apryl Stewart of Skyview Concessions, Chef Nyesha Arrington from Native by Nyesha (Jackmont Hospitality) and Hayden May from Gameway. The day also included a tour of Gameway and full-service restaurant,Native by Nyesha.   

NFTE engages students to learn about business ownership, and to also create a business idea with the goal of opening that business.

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