Young entrepreneurs are a unique breed of businessmen and women. They look at the world through different eyes and want to change it. For some, the desire to help change the world and be the next big thing comes at a very young age – even as young as just 10 years old.
Here are six amazing young African American entrepreneurs who have done just that:
- Taylor Moxley: Taylor from Miami, Florida started out selling her cupcakes just to make $40 to pay back her parents for a doll she wanted to buy. She took it one step further and sold her cupcakes to her church — and made $175 in one day. That was only the beginning. Not only did she pay back her parents, she invested her profits to start a real business. At age 9, Taylor The Chef is well on her way to a successful career. She even published a book called The Adventures of Taylor The Chef.
- Mikaila Ulmer: Mikaila of Austin, Texas, was only four years old when she opened her lemonade stand, using her great-grandmother’s recipe. She called it Sweet Bee lemonade. By the time she was 10, she managed to get her lemonade on store shelves in Texas as well as three other states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. She really hit it big when she landed a deal with Daymond John on Shark Tank. Sweet!
- Jeremiah West: Jeremiah, age 8, and his little brother Joshua, 6, of Rochester, New York, wanted to improve reading among children, so they started a movement called Champions of Change – “Little Deeds. Huge Impact.” They started by helping other children in their community to not only read, but also to give, save and spend money wisely. Their idea triggered the growth of similar efforts all over the world that work through people like Jeremiah and Joshua to make lasting and positive changes in their communities.
- Moziah Bridges: Moziah, from Memphis, Tennessee, was only 9 when he learned how to sew from his grandmother and began fashioning and selling his own creative bowties on Etsy. They are now sold in shops and boutiques in 6 states. As he said, “Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place. His other goal is to start a children’s clothing company.
- Maya Penn: Maya, from Atlanta, Georgia, started her company when she was just 8 years old, creating eco-friendly clothing and accessories. She is now the CEO of this company, which sells her designs across the world, and she also owns a non-profit organization called Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet that creates products for girls in developing countries. Up to 20 percent of her profits go to local and national charities and to environmental organizations.
- Asia Newson: Asia, from Detroit, Michigan was only 5 years old when she learned how to make candles from her father. By age 11, Asia’s company, called Super Business Girl, makes and sells her candles and merchandise through her online store. She is known as Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur.
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