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Chart Topping Toddlers Create their Own Destiny

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As children launch profitable self-owned businesses utilizing skills sparked by their own interests, adults are motivated to reevaluate their own routes to success.

CEO toddlers are being developed every day, revamping the image of the entrepreneur. Maggie Blaha, Special to CNN, recaps the success of 8 year old Lilly Warren and her three younger sisters. Now 13, Warren has experienced the triumph of branding and selling handmade lip balms, and serves as one-third of the progressive small business Sweet Bee Sisters. After watching their parents collect a significant amount of beeswax from the sport of beekeeping, Lilly, Chloe, and Sophie researched ways in which the beeswax could be used. Flavors like strawberry and root beer were developed for lip balm, and lotion bars in lavender and bamboo soon followed. These products are sold at local stores in their hometown of Littleton, Colorado, as well their own stall at the entrepreneur’s marketplace for young business owners. “There were tons of young entrepreneurs selling what they made,” said Lilly as she described her experience at the entrepreneur’s marketplace. “It was a really cool place.”

The Warren sisters were named finalists in a young entrepreneurs competition, awarded $250 and mentoring from a business leader.

“Their ability to speak confidently with customers, to make decisions collectively, to work hard for something they want and to designate and fulfill responsibilities has been enhanced through their business experiences,” states Lisa Warren, the proud mother of the Sweet Bee Sisters.

Other accounts of money-making-minors include Nine-year-old Leila Kaufman of New York City. Kaufman did not like the idea of adults reviewing technology for kids and, with the help of her dad, Michael, she created a website called RethinkToys. Together, the father daughter combo produced videos of Leila reviewing the latest tech toys for kids. The project launched a business that the partners plan to expand and monetize. But for now, they’re pretty much satisfied with the opinionated voice their nine year old has developed.

As Leila connects with video game companies, sits in on closed-door meetings, and attends product launches she wouldn’t normally have access to, Seven-year-old Scout Kingsley promotes Happy Wear, a girl’s accessories line created while the mini mogul made necklaces out of colorful paperclips. With the help of her mother Ashley, Scout has seen great success since her launch last November. The company has profited more than $1,500 in Etsy sales and marketplace events.

“Scout is definitely the artistic director, telling me what looks good and what will sell,” says mother Ashley Kingsley. “I hope this [opportunity] opens up her mind so she knows she can be the creator of her destiny.”

This story is also featured at ChampionDreams.com.

Annsleigh Denise is a graduate of Spelman College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Minor in Multi-Media and Professional Writing. She is a multifaceted creative, focused on the inner-workings of print, publication, and Broadcast Journalism. Possessing notable editorial skills, Annsleigh aspires to utilize her professional experience to impact the world of media.

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