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BLMA owner part of world summit

By Nick Bullock
Published: November 30, 2011
BLMA's Craig Martyn discussed economic issues with entrepreneurs from around the world at G20 YES.

Craig Martyn founded his own company, BLMA Models, in his father’s garage when he was 15. By his mid-20s, Martyn had twice been a finalist in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards program. In October, he joined 400 other entrepreneurs, including only 15 other Americans, at the 2011 G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Nice, France.

The G20 YES is a three-day gathering that runs parallel to the G20 Economic Summit. The goal of the G20 YES, Martyn said, is to "discuss what we think can be done among all G20 nations to promote entrepreneurship."

Martyn, a California native, said he really began to focus on BLMA Models, which produces model railroad accessories, in 2006. As his business grew, he began to attend entrepreneur competitions around the globe. Martyn said he was invited to the G20 YES in part because of his past work at these competitions, namely the GSEA.

At the G20 YES, the young entrepreneurs held meetings, attended lectures and organized roundtable discussions, which all led to a final statement with practical ideas to help address the current economic crisis.

"That was then presented to the G20 political leaders," said Martyn, a 2010 graduate of California State University-Fullerton.

The G20 YES identified more than 200 best practices successfully implemented by governments, associations and the private sector to remove obstacles facing entrepreneurs. The G20 YES also developed an action plan to boost entrepreneurship in all 20 nations.

"Some of it was, as far as telling government what to do, is ‘Just stay out of our way,’" Martyn said.