From Cutting Grass to Earning Cash: What You Need to Know About Gary

By: Kathryn Tanner

Gary Davisson was born to be an entrepreneur. Like most kids, he did odd jobs during the summer, but unlike most kids, he managed to turn his lawn care business into a company generating $100,000 in revenue. In efforts to continue to learn and grow his entrepreneurial skills, he applied to the Young Entrepreneur Program Kansas City (YEP KC) program. He heard about YEP KC his junior year through a friend that had been accepted into the program. Although it was too late for him to apply for the 2017 session, Gary was determined to be a part of the 2018 session.

During his first month in the YEP KC program, Gary interned at C2FO. C2FO is a startup company located in Kansas City, whose main focus is to generate early payments between buyers and suppliers. At C2FO, Gary had the opportunity to intern with two departments: Market Operations and Supplier Relationship Management. As part of the Market Operations team, he helped analyze customer performance to ensure goals were being met. Gary was glad that he got to intern in the Market Operations department, because it gave him a better understanding of what C2FO does as a company, and how their platform is used by small and large businesses across the world. As a member of the Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) team, he conducted research on various companies. From SRM, Gary has learned how to write a sales script and sell a product which he feels will be important for him in the future.

Gary is really happy he participated in the YEP KC program, and is thankful there is a program like it for high school students because nothing similar exists in his high school. His only regret is that he didn’t apply to the program as a junior, because that would have given him more time to further his connections with other YEP KC members during his senior year. He feels honored to have been chosen and given the chance to surround himself with other young entrepreneurs. His favorite part of the YEP KC program was the networking opportunities presented to him.

Interning at C2FO has allowed Gary to find his passion and see what sparks his interest.

It has also given him the opportunity to explore the different areas of a business, allowing him to see how a company operates internally. For the second month of the YEP KC program, Gary plans to expand his sales experience while interning at Swell Spark, another Kansas City-based company that helps teams develop stronger relationships through team building activities.

Gary is appreciative that successful business leaders have dedicated their time to reach out to young people and teach them in a hands-on environment. He has used this internship as an opportunity to ask these professionals about life and work advice. Gary feels that by learning from them he will have a better understanding of what he needs to do to create a successful company, which is something he hopes to do in his career. In the nearest future, Gary plans to begin his business degree at The University of Missouri - Columbia.

Gary’s advice to next year’s YEP KC class: Ask questions, stay curious, and go to every event you’re invited to.