The residents of North Minneapolis were shocked by what the city did for a teen who opened a hot dog stand to sell hot dogs.
There are city officials who get it and want to support youth.
City officials are willing to help. They spent time training Jaequan and contacted Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON). Together they helped him set up a legitimate business.
Consider calling your local council person’s office or politician. They might have recommendations about programs in your area. If you are starting a food based business, you will probably need a permit or license. So ask what types of businesses will need permits or licenses for your area.
For example, in New York City, there is the Department of Small Business Services. While their programs are focused on adults, they do have walk-in hours as well as random workshops for young people.
So reach out and see what resources exist.
Google entrepreneurship training in your area
Google entrepreneurship training in your area to see if there are nonprofits who offer training programs.
Entrepreneur drive is still valued in this country
Your child doesn’t need to wait until she is old enough to learn how to start a business. During the weekends, evening after school or the holidays, she can start a business if she wants to. In the case of Jaequan Faulkner, he was only thirteen and the Minneapolis Environmental Health helped him get the permit. They made the whole idea a positive thing and helped him own a business.
Learning entrepreneurship skills at an early age is very crucial, especially for young girls. When you think about teaching your daughter entrepreneurship skills, a lot can be said and done.
So consider some of the ideas in this article. You’ll take care of the legal requirements – ie. do you need a permit or license? And what resources already exist?
And make sure to encourage young people to roll up their sleeves and market their talents. I love Jaequan’s spirit and hope other young people will be willing to do the same!