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Tomika Young opening entrepreneur school in downtown Vallejo

The Times-Herald (Vallejo) logo The Times-Herald (Vallejo) 9/3/2020 Thomas Gase
a person standing posing for the camera: Tomika Young is opening Meek University, a school on Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo where people can learn to be entrepreneurs. (Chris Riley—Times-Herald) © Provided by The Times-Herald (Vallejo) Tomika Young is opening Meek University, a school on Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo where people can learn to be entrepreneurs. (Chris Riley—Times-Herald)

Four years ago, Tomika Young had troubles making ends meet. She had just quit her 9-to-5 job and was stuck with three-day notices and letters that her car would be prepossessed.

So Young got down to business.

For the last four years business has been very good for Young, who took the knowledge she learned from a vast amount of webinars across the country and transformed it into a successful model where she now helps businesses make thousands — even millions — of dollars.

“I reflect on that every day,” Young said. “I reflect because I do remember when times were tough. I had quit my job and I panicked a little. But I look at myself and say, ‘Dreams can come true.’ I like what I’ve done because it’s very authentic and all the success came from hard work and blood, sweat and tears.”

There were times that Young, who opens a business school in Vallejo on Saturday, even took herself by surprise.

“I remember I was speaking last year in September and in May I was titling the seminar, ‘How to make $10,000 in four months,” remembers Young with a laugh. “But then I realized that I was actually making more than that and I would have to change the title.”

Young’s school, Meek University, is located at 419 Georgia St. It will have in-person classes on Sunday night. Young said that proper COVID-19 restrictions and precautions are being used.

“We’re having about 15 people in a classroom at a time,” Young said. “You have to wear a mask and we’re making sure people are sitting at least six feet apart from each other. It’s all mapped out.”

Young said her classes, which will be about four hours on Sundays, will feature guest lecturers at times to educate on personal credit and stocks. The focus will concentrate on just how to make the first step in starting a business and making money.

“I want people to know that it is not as hard as you might think,” Young said. “You don’t need thousands of dollars and a ton of education to be successful in running a business. I think some people never start because they think it’s going to be too hard. I want to encourage others to believe in themselves.”

Young, who is from San Francisco but has lived the past 10 years in Vallejo, said she used to travel all over the country to places like Texas, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia to give seminars. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, her traveling was cut down. That’s another reason she’s glad to bring her expertise home.

“Maybe I just don’t know about it, but it seems like there is not enough after-hours activities like this in Vallejo,” Young said. “In San Francisco, it seems like there is something like this on every street. So I’m really glad to be bringing this school home to Vallejo.”

The grand opening for the school is Saturday, while classes will begin on Sept. 20.

“I learned so much in such a short period of time that as far back as 2018 I knew I wanted to teach others about how to run a business,” Young said. “I have a passion with helping other people and I can’t wait to start.”

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