This high school teen is about his business.
WLBT News reports 17-year-old a’Ron Burns is the owner of Roll-N-Sweetz in North Omaha, NE, a subsidiary of the Burns Family LLC and home to an array of ice creams and other delights.
Burns originally planned to pursue a career in criminal justice, but later realized he could still connect with his community through entrepreneurship.
“With entrepreneurship, I can provide jobs, I can provide peace, I can provide comfort. And with ice cream, it’s also an emotional support food. So, it also would help me connect to people who are going through things I might not know, but the ice cream might help,” a’Ron told WLBT News.
A Mother's Love
Being an owner as a teen is no easy feat but it was all made possible with the help of mentors, investors, and his mother, Alexis Burns, who quit her job to invest in her son’s vision.
“Me investing and contributing and actually showing him, ‘Hey I’m quitting my job, I’m cashing in on my 401k, I’m giving this my all. Because this is a dream that you want. And I believe in you. I’m gonna trust you to do the right thing,’” Alexis said, according to WLBT News.
She took the leap of faith for her son, recognizing his persistence to bring the business to fruition. Even during a’Ron’s junior year of high school, he left lunch early to call likely investors.
“He’s always been determined. And when he’s determined to do something, I allow him to do it even if he has to make mistake or if he has to bump his head on if it doesn’t work out. I still allow my kids to do what they want to do,” Alexis told WLBT News.
Rolls-N-Sweetz officially opened for business in June 2022. However, a’Ron already has plans of taking the business nationwide.
Best of luck to this young mogul in the making!