Meet Mentor – Helice “Sparky” Bridges


Entrepreneurship allows individuals to turn their dreams into realities. Some of the most notable entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc turned their dreams into realities. People have done this at all kinds of different ages. It’s not age or luck, it’s all about who helps you shape your dreams! Helice “Sparky” Bridges is one of the greatest mentors and entrepreneurs out there and her blue-ribbon techniques can help you execute your dreams. You matter, you have a dream, and you are NOT crazy! You’re brilliant and let us support you to make your dreams happen through Teen CEO Show.

How To Validate Your Business Idea

As a young entrepreneur, we often feel like we have great ideas. However, fear and the worry that our ideas aren’t so great stop us from ever pursuing them. Instead of giving up on your ideas, there are many different things you can do to validate your business idea.

We are going to share some of the best ways to validate your business idea. Here are a few different ways you can validate your next business idea:

1. Friends & Family

Ask your friends and family to give you an honest opinion on your ideas. Since you should trust these individuals, feel free to go in-depth and share your vision with them. See what points they bring up and carefully note them down. Often times, family & friends may not be the best critiques since they may not want to hurt your feelings.

In hopes of avoiding that, you should really reach out to your friends and families and ask them to be brutally honest. It may hurt at first, but constructive criticism is the best way to validate an idea.

2. Customer Surveys

Before an idea can be turned into a business, you have to figure out a lot of things. One of these things is “Who really is my customer”? Once you have answered that question, go to places where you may run into your prospective customers.

Take a few minutes of their time and survey them asking whether they would use your product, service, or idea in mind. If they say no, simply ask them why not and hear their feedback. If they say yes, ask them how much they would pay and how often they would buy. Learning from your customers themselves is a great way to see how strong your business idea is.

3. Search The Need

All businesses, ideas, products, or services fulfill a need in some way. Your idea is no different. You really need to find a need that you are solving and see how large the opportunity really is.

You can see the opportunities for your business idea by looking through Q/A website, discussion boards, forums, or any other places where people groan about their problems. By doing searches like this, you can see how many people are dealing with the problem and how great a job your product/service does to solve this issue.

4. Trial & Error

No business was perfect the day it launched. The reason you start a business and launch your company is to improve yourself to become the best you possibly can be. If your idea passed the above tests, you should really pursue the business and launch it.
You really find out what everyone thinks of your website the day you launch it. See if your customers are using it, what’s holding them back, and different things you can add to improve it. People love to actually see and use the idea to give feedback.


Creating a great business takes time and a lot of effort on your part. Do not give up just because your idea doesn’t get the best reviews from day 1. Find ways to improve your idea, business, product, or service to give your customers everything possible.

Helice “Sparky” Bridges Will Train The Teens

Helice “Sparky” Bridges
is electric!Her humor, story-telling and world renowned acknowledgment leadership training brings out the greatness in all people in a minute or less.  “Sparky” is a renowned speaker, trainer, author and advocate for children’s rights.

Listen to Helice Bridges Radio Interview with the TV Host Nadine Lajoie on Women’s Radio here

Known as The First Lady of Acknowledgement, Helice is the creator of the world famous “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment Ceremony.  In the past 30 years, this message has impacted over 30 million people worldwide and has been translated into 11 languages.

As the Founder and C.E.O. for Difference Makers International, a nonprofit educational organization, she teaches people of all ages how to create environment where ALL people are appreciated, respected and loved, valued for their unique talents and empowered to reach their true potential.

“Sparky” has received recognition along with Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Kareem Abdul Jabaar for raising the self-esteem of children of all ages.  She has spoken on the same stages as Vice President Al Gore and The Dali Lama at the Environmental Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Her stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, Chicken Soup for the Soul of America, Heart at Work and The Aladdin Factor. “Sparky’s” signature Blue Ribbon story was made into a 6-minute photo movie which received over 3 million hits on YouTube.  She is the recipient of the 2005 TKF Gandhi Nonviolence Award and the 2009 Speak for Success Women Changing the World Award.

“Sparky” travels the world teaching leadership training programs to business people, educators, parents, students, senior citizens and monks.  She helps to transform environments that eradicate bullying, ignite passion, purpose and productivity and makes dreams come true.

As Mother of the IGNITE WHAT’S RIGHT™ global movement Giving Youth a Voice for Change, she needs your help to insure that 300 million people receive a “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment by the year 2020…transforming anger, apathy and violence into dignity and respect among all people.

Eldonna Lewis Fernandez Will Train The Teens

Don’t let the pink fool you.  Deployed to the Middle East after 9/11 and retired from active duty as a contract negotiator in the U.S. Air Force in 2003 after 23 years of honorable service, retired Master Sergeant Eldonna Lewis Fernandez is a force to be reckoned with.  Trained to survey every room she enters and keep her back to the wall, she reveals the impact of stress and trauma in combating faulty decision-making as she trains women how to re-think and re-direct their energies for higher performance and better bottom-line professional and personal decisions.


Her audiences learn from Eldonna’s life lessons as she gives them the power tools to develop discipline and successfully negotiate personally and professionally by first applying the GoPINK Rules of Engagement:


  1. Turn negative self talk to positive self talk,
  2. Release all resentment,
  3. Surround yourself with people who hold you to a higher standard.
  4. Take positive action towards your goals and dreams.

With her tagline, Take Control of the Handlebars of Your Life through the Power of PINK, her PINK signature acronym is Power, Integrity, Negotiation & Knowledge.


Eldonna currently serves as the founder and CEO of a seminar training company – Dynamic Vision International Inc. and is the creator and editor-in-chief of GoPINK Magazine, an online magazine for women who are motorcycle enthusiasts.  Passionate about being a voice for women motorcyclists, Eldonna created as a vehicle to empower success.  Her PINK Carpet interviews at motorcycle events are gaining notoriety among motorcycle riders.

Combining her love of motorcycle riding with over 30 years of leadership, negotiation and management experience, Eldonna is affectionately known as the Pink Biker Chic.  Since motorcycles represent (to her) the highway laboratories for leadership, management, sales teams, risk-taking and change management, though seemingly a world away from the business culture, motorcycles are a rich source of practical insights to a variety of audiences made up primarily of women.  Eldonna reaches her objective with the help of various “faculty members” or “personas” who bring an adventurous edge to every presentation and make learning interactive and fun.  Techniques are used to ensure the message is absorbed at a deep level so that the takeaway is sustainable and the tools are applied long after leaving the event.


Eldonna , co author of the award winning Heart of a Military Woman which is a compilation of stories by, for and about military women, is also a contributing author in Heart of a Woman in Business, inspirational stories for women in business.


Eldonna’s education includes an Associate of Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Contracts Management and an Associate and Bachelors of Science degree from Park University in Business Management.  She is a certified Level III in the Acquisition Professional Development Program in Contracts and certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), as well as a Certified Coach and Consultant.

Burke Franklin Will Train The Teens

More to come from Burke as we get near the February event, for now though learn about Burke himself from his BIO below.

Burke Franklin
I’ve spent over three and a half decades of my life studying marketing, sales, management and spiritual pursuits like meditation, visualization and martial arts as well as flying, music, and traveling the world.

Burke Franklin (that’s me) is the founder & CEO of JIAN (jee’-on) Software, a successful Silicon Valley software company renowned for BizPlanBuilder, the popular software system for producing a comprehensive business plan.

I graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in business economics, plus a minor in electrical engineering. In my senior year, I started “The Auto Exchange,” a do-it-yourself used car business that I ran from my fraternity apartment. Then I got my first real job as a “field sales engineer” for Texas Instruments selling electronic components. (I actually helped electrical engineers design TI stuff into their products.) Besides working in sales and management for mostly high-tech companies, my career also includes a position as the Electronics Buyer and a copywriter for the Sharper Image Catalog.

Management & marketing experience spans 33 years
The White House Conference on Small Business33 years… OMG! Nevertheless, I do have an extensive background in sales, marketing and management and I only bring a very practical approach to everything I do. In 1995, I was elected to the White House Conference on Small Business where I met with 1,800 other entrepreneurs from across the U.S. to discuss issues every business owner faces and vote so congress could see what was important to us. I can’t tell if they did anything about it… (I very much appreciate the support of the National Association of Women Business Owners who helped elect me.)

Entrepreneur of the YearIn 1996 I was nominated for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. My assistant Alicia submitted me without me knowing it and I was a finalist amongst the horde. I certainly appreciate the vote of confidence!

In May 1996, and again in 1997, the Brazilian software council flew me to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to teach business planning to Brazilian entrepreneurs! Imagine that boondoggle! Also, since 2000, I have presented an ongoing series called The Thinking Behind Your Business Plan for CEO Space and other entrepreneurial organizations. You can watch it online here.

For what it’s worth, I am an instrument-rated pilot, and a second-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, so watch out. My book, Business Black Belt draws parallels from the martial arts and teaches you about building and running a business by using the teachings from hundreds of “personal development” workshops. That means if you get knocked down 7 times, you need to get up 8, but I’ll teach you some tricks to turn the tables in your favor.

Learn More From Interview On Energy Talk Radio

Find out more in this video interview “Teen CEO Show – Learn entrepreneurial skills and acquire tools to start your own teen business! ” with CEO of Energy Talk Radio, David O’Neil.

Nadine and David discuss the 2 day casting and training in February on , explaining some ways this reality TV show will actually help the teens in addition to some of Nadine’s passions and reasons for working so hard on the training and show.

Please do remember to register TODAY as seating will sell out! And Never Give Up on your goals and dreams!

“Biggest Loser” Former Trainer May Collaborate

The “Biggest Loser” Reality TV Show’s former trainer, Kim Lyons, may be a guest speaker at the casting of the Teen CEO Reality TV Show in Newport Beach, CA.

For Immediate Release

 Orange County, CA – June 27, 2012 – Casting call for “Teen CEO Reality TV Show” may showcase Kim Lyons, the former trainer of the “The Biggest Loser” and will be held on August 21-22, 2012, at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, Newport Beach, CA.   All teenagers from 13 to 19 years old can register for an audition* at, to be an entrepreneur and achieve success, participating in business lessons and challenges. The host is Nadine Lajoie, the “Success Acceleration Coach”, international speaker, best-selling author also known as the champion “Motorcycle Racer who sings like an Angel”,  and the event is sponsored by Journey Gym, the world’s first portable gym.

Journey Gym wants to bring their star trainer Kim Lyons, upon confirmation of her availability,  to speak about “Turning your Passion into A Profession” during the 2-day casting/workshop. “We believe that Kim’s story and experience will greatly benefit the teenagers, along with introducing exercises for Journey Gym, the world’s first truly portable universal gym and the only product of its kind that literally can go anywhere and will be everywhere”, announced John Friess, President of Journey Fitness.

Teen CEO Reality TV Show is a multi-faceted, family-oriented entertainment reality TV show.  “We want to create successful young entrepreneurs, who are our future, and provide interactive opportunities, tasks and challenges, along with all kinds of business lessons from high quality mentors”, said Mike Jones, the creator of the TV show.  A training group will also support all teenagers after the casting, even those who are not chosen… a WIN-WIN opportunity for everyone!

The host and co-creator is the “Success Acceleration” coach, Nadine Lajoie, business leader for over 17 years and international speaker, also known as the champion “Motorcycle Racer who sings like an Angel” (  She is also a best-selling author and 4 times book award finalist (USA & London) for her book “Win The Race of Life”, and a co-author with Les Brown, the world’s leading motivational speaker, in his book “Fight for Your Dreams”.

Earning over 50 trophies in her racing career, including Top 10 in National USA and a 3rd place at Daytona against 75 men, Nadine Lajoie will be on the “Women in Sports” panel at the California Women’s Conference, expecting over 25,000 people, in Long Beach, CA, Sept. 23-24.  You can also listen to her radio show twice a month for inspiration at 180 mph!

For the casting call, teenagers can register at or contact Mike Jones, as well as potential sponsors.     *Minimal fees apply



Nadine Lajoie is an international speaker, #1 Best-Selling Author and “Success Acceleration” coach, known as the champion “Motorcycle Racer who Sings like an Angel”, who guides entrepreneurs and teenagers to realize their dreams with her trainings and books.

Media Contact:
Mike Jones,


Thanks to our sponsor Journey Gym:



The HOST: Nadine Lajoie

Best-selling author – Success Acceleration Coach

Known as “The Motorcycle Racer who Sings like an Angel” Nadine is dedicated to help others reach the life of their dreams and Win the Race of Life at 180 mph!

The host and co-creator is the champion “Motorcycle Racer who sings like an Angel” and international speaker, Nadine Lajoie, who is a “Success Acceleration” coach and business leader Canada-USA (finance & real estate) for over 17 years. She is also a best-selling author and 4 times book award finalist (USA & London) for her book “Win The Race of Life”, and co-author with Les Brown, the world’s leading motivational speaker, in his book “Fight for Your Dreams”.

Earning over 50 trophies in her racing career, including Top 10 in National USA and a 3rd place at Daytona against 75 men, Nadine Lajoie will be on the “Women in Sports” panel at the California Women’s Conference, expecting over 25,000 people, in Long Beach, CA, Sept. 23-24. You can also listen to her radio show twice a month for inspiration at 180 mph!