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Mason Wright Makes History As Georgia's Youngest Restaurateur At Age 14

The teen’s today have goals that just hit different! According to Because of Them We Can (BOTWC), Mason Wright is now Georgia’s youngest restaurant owner at age 14 thanks to his business, Mason’s Super Dogs — a carryout restaurant located in Stonecrest, Georgia. The idea to become an entrepreneur first hit him at age nine after he did not want to depend on his allowance for money. Initially, he explored many business ventures which included washing cars, cutting grass, walking dogs, and selling snacks. Then he managed to convince his parents and grandparents to purchase him a hot dog cart. Driving a hard bargain, Mason proposed he would bring home his report card every six weeks with straight A’s in return for the cart. With his new cart, Mason was in business and entered a business competition at Morehouse College in 2018. Despite coming up short in the competition, a true visionary, the 14-year-old managed to convince President David Thomas to allow him to sell his hot dogs on...

Jan 11, 2021

This 15-Year-Old Created A Candle Company That Focuses On Eco-Friendly Products

This teenager is on a mission to save the planet one scent at a time! Mahogany Young is what one would call, an earth-conscious entrepreneur. Recently, she started The Green Things — a candle business that focuses on handmade and eco-friendly products, according to Because of Them We Can (BOWTC). The 15-year-old is also keeping it in the family, lining the shelves of her parent’s historic bookstore, MahoganyBooks with her goods. In an effort to create something that her family would love, Mahogany created the vegan products without added chemicals or animal products, including beeswax!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by MahoganyBooks (@mahoganybooks) “I wanted to make some [candles] that are vegan because I’m vegan,” Mahogany tells DCist. “Since becoming environmentally conscious, some of my friends have become vegetarian or try to eat less meat and dairy. My parents eat a little more vegan food…and recycle a lot more.” She made the transition to a vegan lifestyle two...

Dec 4, 2020

Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Uses His Lemonade Stand to Provide For Single Moms in Need

Most 11-year-olds spend their summer playing video games, sleeping in, or plucking their parents’ nerves… but not Cartier Carey! This young entrepreneur spent the summer, selling lemonade with one goal in mind, to raise money for diapers, wipes, and other supplies for single mothers who were struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Black Business , the Hampton, Virginia native started Kids 4 Change when he learned through some of his friends the hardships their single mothers were experiencing. While Cartier comes from a two-parent household, he says he began to realize how hard it must be to raise kids alone, especially during a pandemic. Cartier opened a lemonade stand with the support of his parents and siblings in order to give back. He sold candy for $.25, chips for $.50, and lemonade for $1 right from his front lawn with a sign that read: “Raising Money for Single Mothers.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cartier Carey (@kids4change757) “I...

Sep 24, 2020

This Black Founder Wants to Bridge the Gap Between Tech and Humanity Through Her App

As the digital age continues to take over our everyday lives, we must stay in tune with reality and connect as a community. Tech founder and CEO of Squad , Isa Watson is helping drive this initiative by pushing professionals in the tech industry to connect online as well as offline in a notable way. Watson has devoted her time to building a culture within tech through her app, Squad, a highly-functioning connective app that allows young tech professionals to network and better connect with their peers in real life. In this day and age where people feel more connected to those while online, Watson and her app are helping to bridge the gap between technology and humanity. “We’ve been so complacent in the way that we connect on social media. But those connections are very loose. And quite frankly, when you look at the increase in social media use it’s actually parallel with the increase in loneliness, depression, social isolation, and especially in the millennial and Gen Z...

Mar 5, 2020

Ready to Launch Your Startup? Here are Five Ways to Raise Capital

Launching a company is difficult, and limited funding is the most common barrier to entry to the startup world. Do you have a great idea, but you’re trying to figure out how to fund it? Are you already running a startup, but cash is running out fast? Here are some ways to raise capital for your startup: Save Money Saving money isn’t easy, but it’s the most straightforward way to raise funds for your business. If you’re still working a regular full-time job, commit to saving a part of your current salary to help fund your dreams. Review your monthly expenses and eliminate unnecessary expenses like subscriptions and expensive lunches. If you live with roommates or a significant other, consider sharing expenses to reduce cost per person. This might include shopping in bulk, sharing an Amazon Prime account (or any subscription for that matter), and taking advantage of family memberships at the gym. If you’re already committed to your startup on a full-time basis, you should be auditing...

Jan 13, 2020

Here's What You Should Know Before Following Your Entrepreneurial Passion

“ When I was younger there was something in me. I had passion. I may not have known what I was going to do with that passion, but there was something –and I still feel it. It’s this little engine that roars inside of me and I just want to keep going and going.” – Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts The virtues of following one’s passion have been cornerstones of 21st-century motivational speeches. We’ve been taught that excelling at — and monetizing — our favorite activities is the only true way to lasting professional and personal success. Some argue that social media platforms make it possible for everyone to make a living from their talents without requiring acceptance from the traditional gatekeepers of industries. With platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube, musicians don’t need record labels to distribute their music anymore. Publish platforms, like Medium , allow writers to share their work directly to the internet, and engineers can now...

Oct 17, 2019