After graduating from the York County School of Technology with a license in Cosmetology, TeAsia Lewis ’21 wasn’t ready to start work for someone else. “I wanted to be my own boss,” she says.
For Lewis, the only program she sought in the area existed at YCP. “That sealed it for me.” The Entrepreneurship and Innovation major felt like the perfect fit. She was close to home and could keep costs down by commuting.
As a recipient of a merit scholarship administered by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation in honor of York businessman Richard Reinhardt, Lewis didn’t have to choose working over taking on extra projects and all that the College offers.
In January of 2020, Lewis launched her first business, Looked At Beauty, a beauty-accessory company that makes keychain accessories that can hold lip gloss, eyelash tools, or even door openers. While the pandemic certainly threw the young entrepreneur some curveballs, she’s learned much about adapting. And in business, that’s a necessity. “I could have decided to wait,” she says, “but I’m also looking for innovation. That’s what I want to follow.”