Mr. Faulkner’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs is more than a kid’s lemonade stand, even though it’s run by 13-year-old Jaequan Faulkner. The Minneapolis business sells hot dogs and drinks around the city and everything was going well with the teen’s summer gig until someone called to complain with the city, but the Minneapolis Health Department didn’t shut him down.
Instead, the Health Department helped the young entrepreneur meet its standards, making sure he had the necessary equipment and knowledge about proper food handling. After he passed his health inspection, inspectors even paid the $87 for his special event food permit and his hot dog stand was open for business.
The teen likes the sense of accomplishment his stand provides as well as being a positive role model of black youth in his community. “I like having my own business,” Faulkner says. “I like letting people know just because I’m young doesn’t mean I can’t do anything.”
Source: Star Tribune