Young Entrepreneurs Coming Back Home

By Kelly McCarthy

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 7:28 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Many recent graduates have a hard time finding a job right out of college.

Action News found some grads that not only have a job, but started their own business without traveling far.

"I always thought I would be in NYC or somewhere with my name somewhere," said Sierra Colon of Vestal.

But she's in Vestal, where she grew up.

Still living at home, but she owns here own business.

"Just bringing back businesses here and helping it grow I feel like it's what you do, you take care of who took care of you."

Sierra Colon graduated from Vestal High School in 2008, and she's got big plans for the town that raised her.

Recently returning from New York City where she learned some unique cosmetic skills.

"I hope I inspire people my age and my friends, I know I talk about it all the time I probably bug everyone, I just want people to take the same risks," said Colon.

"To watch Sierra do that and then come back really, it does, it touches close to my heart," said Laura Bailey-Craig of Best Kept Secret Salon.

Airbrush By Sierra is located in The Best Kept Secret Hair Salon.

Along with Airbrush tanning, Colon is certified in other Cosmetic services like eyelash extensions and waxing.

"As a mentor, if I could see a younger person succeed I feel like that's what will make Broome County successful," said Bailey-Craig.

"I just like to have my hands in everything so it just seemed like it would be the best fit for me," said Colon.

And Colon is not alone.

Her high school classmate is also his own boss.

"I love doing this, and if I can make money doing it, why not keep doing it," said AJ Davis of Vestal.

He started his own company, Davis Outdoor Jobs.

"As a 23 year old you don't want to be living at your parents house, but there's stuff you just have to sacrifice to get into the business," said Davis.

His bedroom acts as an office, where Davis keeps his recently earned SUNY Delhi degree and the rules to holding employees.

"Being my own boss was a great thing, that being said I didn't want to be a controlling boss either, I wanted to be more of a leader than a boss," said Davis.

And give his employees some room to improve.

"Since it's a small company so far, I'm involved with a lot of aspects of it, with as a large company I'd be bottom tier doing regular work," said Thomas Dugon of Afton.

Davis Outdoor Jobs tripled in size over the past year.

Reassuring Davis that he's making the right moves towards a successful future.

"I've had mentions in my mind of giving it up, but I've seen what we're going for," said Davis.

Not only owning his own business, but establishing a career.

"You've gotta love what you're doing. And if you don't love this job you've just got to find something else, you've really got to be motivated to do this," said Davis.

A passion that these young entrepreneurs are bringing back home.

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