Can entrepreneurship be a weapon against a poor economy? Amway Italy and the Chamber of Commerce of Rome examined that question at a roundtable discussion last month titled: “Youth and Entrepreneurship: A Challenge Against the Crisis.”
The event was held in Rome’s Temple of Hadrian, not far from the Pantheon.
The discussion kicked off with a presentation of the 2012 Amway Entrepreneurship report and panelists included Amway Italy General Manager Fabrizio Suaria and representatives from business and government. Each person spoke about their role in promoting entrepreneurship among young generations and how they would leverage that untapped potential against the current economic challenges.
The event received a great deal of positive feedback, including the positioning of Amway as an entrepreneurial incubator that can play a key role in encouraging the young generation.
The discussion also received a fair amount of media coverage, which was supplemented by interviews with three young Amway business owners who attended the event: Mattia Paternostro, Renato Iacopini and Anna Glapiak.
Paternostro, 21, was pleased with the event because it taught young people about their entrepreneurship options, including Amway. All three agreed that the Amway business opportunity provides wonderful experience no matter what they do in the future.
Paternostro said Amway teaches skills useful in any workplace. Glapiak called it “a real training ground for life.” And Iacopini said the business has improved his organizational skills and changed his outlook.
“Certainly the work that I am doing right now is greatly helping me for my future,” he said.
(Thank you to Ricardo Gastoni of Amway Italy for helping with this story.)