Asia Newson, known as Detroit's youngest entrepreneur, is one of the pioneers leading the youth entrepreneurship initiative. At just five years old, Asia began selling candles with her father. She coined phrase "Hi my name is Asia Newson and the name of my company is Super Business Girl." As a result Asia has perfected the skill of giving a powerful sales pitch. She began teaching other children with the help of her parents through her entrepreneurship program. Since the beginning, she has trained over 100 youth entrepreneurs, who earn extra income for their families.
Raised in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, Asia has witnessed the hardships and struggles families in her community experience. Asia wanted to make a difference. She began speaking to her local city council members, attending district meeting, and even the mayoral debate, advocating for youth and adequate education. Asia also believes in giving back to the community. Each time Asia goes out and sell her candles, she donates a portion of her proceeds to the homeless. Asia has brought school supplies and toiletries to her school and gave away over 150 coats to children in her neighborhood.
Asia has won numerous awards; including being named on the Grio's top 100 list for business, and Entrepreneur of The Year from Ernst & Young. She has appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show, America's Got Talent, MSNBC, BET, 20/20 ABC News and NPR just to name a few! She was featured in countless articles and magazines, including Vogue, where she worked with the prominent photographer Bruce Webber. Asia has traveled state to state and overseas promoting her business and bringing awareness of youth entrepreneurship. She was a keynote speaker at TedXDetroit and Accelerate Michigan.
When Asia isn't busy being an entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist; she enjoys dancing, performing and hanging out with her friends. Asia's mission; "To recognize the true potential in every child and to make optimum use of their individualized talent".