Ambitious kid entrepreneurs: Who’s got now and next?

Photo courtesy Mosbowsmemphis.com
Photo courtesy Mosbowsmemphis.com

 

When children become involved in entrepreneurship at an early age, it teaches them financial literacy, promotes independence, and builds self-confidence. Check out these dynamos who are making big moves in a number of industries.

Moziah Bridges, age 14

CEO of Mo’s Bows

www.mosbowsmemphis.com

Memphis, Tennessee

Moziah started his business at the age of 9. Frustrated with the small selection of bow ties available to children, Moziah’s grandmother taught him to sew and he began hand sewing and designing bow ties from scratch. With five staff members (aunts, mother, and grandmother) Moziah grew his business through word of mouth, Facebook and Etsy. After appearing on “Shark Tank” in 2014, Bridges landed a mentorship with Daymond John and has since secured a licensing deal with Cole Hahn and Neiman Marcus.

 

Photo courtesy Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up
Photo courtesy of Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up

Zuriel Oduwole, age 14

Filmmaker and advocate

www.dreamupspeakupstandup.com

Los Angeles

Zuriel Oduwole is the youngest working, professional filmmaker. After releasing her self-produced and edited documentary, “The 1963 OAU Formation” in 2014, Oduwole became the youngest person to be profiled by Forbes. With four documentaries produced to date that have been screened across the world, she has become known for her advocacy. She has interviewed some of the most powerful and influential people including presidents and prime ministers, becoming a global peacemaker in 2015 after meeting with the leaders of Guyana and Venezuela over the Esequiba Oil Territory. She is currently working on “Dream Up, Speak up, Stand Up,” a campaign to advocate and promote education for girls in Africa.

 

Photo courtesy of D'Andra Ulmer
Photo courtesy of D’Andra Ulmer

Mikaila Ulmer, age 11

CEO of Bee Sweet Lemonade, Bee ambassador, educator, student

www.meandthebees.com

Austin, Texas

After being stung by bees twice, Mikaila became fascinated with bees. After perusing her family’s 1940s cookbook, she noticed it included a special recipe for flaxseed lemonade, she combined her two new favorites and Me & The Bees Lemonade was born. She sweetens the lemonade with local honey and donates a percentage of the profits to local and international organizations that fight to save honeybees. The lemonade is available at many restaurants, food trailers, natural food delivery companies, and Whole Foods Market.

 

Photo courtesy KinstonTeens.org
Photo courtesy KinstonTeens.org

Chris Suggs, age 16

Founder of Kinston Teens Inc.

www.kinstonteens.org/

Kinston, North Carolina

Born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina, Chris’ primary focus has been to make a difference in his hometown. After being heavily involved in community affairs, he founded Kinston Teens Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth through service leadership and civic engagement.

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Photo credit: Twitter – @warrencasselljr

Warren Cassell Jr., age 17

Author and stock investor

www.warrencasselljr.com

An entrepreneurial powerhouse, Cassell is one of the Caribbean region’s most respected and influential figures in the world of business. An entrepreneur, writer and journalist, he began his entrepreneurial journey with a small capital investment from his parents and started a greeting card business. Identifying the untapped market for personalized greeting cards in Montserrat, he established himself as the go-to person for personalized greeting cards. He debuted as a writer in 2013 after publishing The Farm of Wisdom: 25 Unforgettable Tales that Will Ignite a Wiser You. He followed up in 2014 with Swim or Drown: Business and Life Lessons I’ve Learned from the Ocean, and both publications have been Amazon best-sellers. He is currently a regular contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine, a stock investor, and a student at George Washington University School of Business.

 

 

Alicia Renee
Alicia Renee

Alicia Renee is a freelance writer and self-help author. Her featured works spotlight women in business and women's empowerment.

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