Move closer & take a chance on weirdness, says Zandra Cunningham.

An entrepreneur before she was a teenager, Zandra Cunningham inspires by embracing her own brand of weird. She confidently describes the formation and evolution of her company, Zandra Beauty while encouraging viewers to move towards their own - and others’ - weird.

About the speaker

Zandra Cunningham is a 16-year-old small business owner from Buffalo, NY whose fascination with entrepreneurship began when she was nine years old, inspired by a simple “no” from her dad. Just shy of her tenth birthday, Zandra joined the KidBiz Small Business Development Center program at Buffalo State College. She then went on to be the youngest to graduate from an all-adult class in the Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurial program at the University at Buffalo, a graduate of Lucky Break University, and member of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Zandra started her creative journey mixing up lip balm in her home kitchen; today she has a GMP-compliant production and distribution studio. All products are handmade in small batches to maintain integrity and quality. As an eco-friendly, small business in Western New York, Zandra is committed to sustainable practices with priority on how sensitive teen skin can be. The mission is to create high quality, fun + fresh products that smell amazing, without all the unnecessary yucky stuff + chemicals.

Zandra has built a brand that gives back: it is about confidence and beauty, enabling young ladies to be confident in their own skin, while learning what beauty is from the inside out. Her hope is to inspire youth to take action and make things happen for themselves and their communities.

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