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by Sarah Anne Voyles
September 04, 2013 01:20 PM | 3174 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Junior Connor Cassidy takes full advantage of the work study program at Ben Franklin Academy to build his own errand business.

The school requires each student to complete 10 to 15 hours a week in a work study program, which includes having an actual job or volunteering in the community. Cassidy said last year he worked at Chick-fil-A so he could earn a little money to invest in his Jeep.

After spending his summer working and sailing in Maine, Cassidy returned to school a few weeks late since Maine has a later start date. He quickly needed to find a work study project and began to visit different car dealerships to see if he could work there as a mechanic.

“I enjoy working on my Jeep,” Cassidy said. “So I thought it might be fun to go work at either Land Rover or Jaguar, but Jaguar said I have to be at least 18 years old to work there.”

So Cassidy went back to the drawing board for ideas, when his mom suggested he start an errand business. He said he liked the idea of being his own boss.

Cassidy plans to market his company to the Buckhead area. He said he wants to keep it in a controlled area and hopes that with a steady profit he might be able to expand by creating a website with a friend.

At school, Cassidy is working in the office running errands to get a handle on how his business will work. He is also planning to take an entrepreneurial class and working with his teacher Barry Dunnavant who is an entrepreneur.

Besides the work study program, Cassidy maintains a 3.5 GPA. He is involved in different school clubs such as ultimate Frisbee and golf clubs.

“We have a really good [ultimate Frisbee] coach from Emory,” Cassidy said. “A lot of students here play or at least support it and it has really become competitive in high school – we play Woodward, Brookwood and Grady.”

Last year, Cassidy ran cross country and participated in the robotics club.

Each weekend, Cassidy takes the lessons he learns in physics and science to his passion of sailing. He started when he was 8 years old and practices with a team up at Lake Lanier.

As for college, Cassidy narrowed the search to three schools — Georgia Tech, College of Charleston and Webb Institute in New York. He wants to go into architectural design and preferably design sailboats.

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