Dear Future Entrepreneur: The Inc 500s' Messages to the Future

Robert X. Fogarty
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Taliay Herbert
Founder and CEO, Baggie Swagg

"When you start younger, you have the guidance you need," says Taliay Herbert, founder of Baggie Swagg, which sells custom laptop bags. She sounds this confident at 16 because Build, an entrepreneurship program for at-risk students, has taught her to be. Through the program, Herbert has already raised capital ($1,000) and experienced co-founder drama (her partner left the business). She hopes to set up a retail shop, but not before attending her dream school, Spelman College.