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Young entrepreneur honored

Nia Froome, second from right, at the awards

Nia Froome, second from right, at the awards ceremony. Credit: Handout

A Valley Stream teen inspired by her mother's battle to overcome breast cancer has won a $10,000 prize from a youth entrepreneur organization for her bakery business. She plans to donate some of her prize money to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Nia Froome, 17, "was crowned champion of the 2010 OppenheimerFunds/NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge" on Tuesday. She bested 28 finalists from around the U.S.

Froome is a student at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. The award ceremony followed a day of "competitive presentations," the organizers said.

Her business is Mamma Nia's Vegan Bakery. Her Facebook page shows photos of cookies, cupcakes and pastry. She and two other top prize-winners are scheduled to visit President Obama at the White House later this month.

Froome, seen above second from right at the awards ceremony, is a member of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship a not-for-profit group that seeks to help businesses in poor communities, and which helped with her business plan.

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