“I wasn't like other kids.”

Nineteen-year-old Noe Rueda (R) grew up on Chicago’s West Side. He is the oldest of four siblings raised by a single mom. As a boy, Noe watched his family struggle and decided to help.

Noe told Alex Fernandez (L), his high school economics teacher, about launching his first business venture — selling discarded cleaning products from a nearby factory.

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Today, Noe Rueda studies marketing at Marian University in Wisconsin — with help from a scholarship he won through Alex Fernandez's class, sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Daniel Littlewood
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