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May 07

Dress for Success with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy at Hooks and Hangers

Hooks and Hangers hosted an event at the La Plata location teaching students how to Dress for Success. The students are apart of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy through the Charles County Chamber of Commerce.

Staff photo by TIN NGUYEN Jaclynn Thomas, left, and Jayla Bailey learn from LaKeysha Boyd-Moore about appropriate makeup for work during a field trip at the Hooks and Hangers thrift store with the Youth Entrepreneurs Academy program. The staff at Spring Dell Center also taught the students how to dress for business occasions.

Staff photo by TIN NGUYEN (SOMD Newspaper)
Jaclynn Thomas, left, and Jayla Bailey learn from LaKeysha Boyd-Moore about appropriate makeup for work during a field trip at the Hooks and Hangers thrift store with the Youth Entrepreneurs Academy program. The staff at Spring Dell Center also taught the students how to dress for business occasions.

Future business leaders get their dapper on

YEA program teaches dress for success lesson

SOMDNews.com

Young entrepreneurs got a few fashion do’s and don’t’s from businesswomen Wednesday night.

Students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy went to Hooks and Hangers in La Plata to get tips on how to dress for success.

The academy is a program that takes students from grades 6 to 12 through the process of starting and running a real business. The program is a partnership among the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Charles County Public Schools and the YEA nonprofit.

Students work with business leaders to develop and cultivate their business ideas, write a plan and pitch those plans at the end of the course to an investment panel.

LaKeysha Boyd-Moore of LB Signature; Christie Burnett, area retail manager for Hooks and Hangers; and Hooks and Hangers public relations coordinator Sheebah Smith took some time to help students understand the importance of knowing how to dress for business-casual situations, interviews and business meetings as opposed to how one would typically dress in a recreational setting.

For the girls, the three woman stressed steering away from too-bright colors in clothes and make-up, as they can be distracting.

The boys learned the appropriate times for wearing a tie, such as for a business meeting or interview, and a more business-casual approach, like a nice shirt and slacks.

The group got a few tips as to what staples should appear in their closets, such as pressed white dress shirts and suits so that they are ready for any situation that comes up.

In business situations both men and woman should have their hair neatly combed, and makeup should be toned down.

Burnett told students, “If you don’t take care of yourself, what is the employer going to think about how you will take care of business?”

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Jordan Bailey, 13,

said he got a good understanding of how to dress for business situations. He said he learned the difference b

etween business casual and recreational wear.

The students had an opportunity to put outfits together using clothes from Hooks and Hangers to get an idea of what works and what might not work in certain situations.

Each participants also received a $15 gift card to use at any of the three Hooks and Hanger locations in Southern Maryland.

Hooks and Hangers is a resale store in association with the Spring Dell Center.