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October 5th, 2008
06:38 PM ET

9-Year-Old Businesswoman

I knew a guy in high school who started his own lawn-care company.  Another made a fortune running a fleet of garbage trucks.  A third started his own car repair company.  The thing they all had in common:  They were teenagers.  They understood the basics of business, math, and service; put those together, and you've got a good chance of making money.

But Monday's story about a 9-year-old who started her own dog treats company really blew me away.  She's the youngest businessperson I'd ever heard of!  Of course, she had help from her mom (and her dog), but it's encouraging for any aspiring entrepreneur to see someone so young become successful.

I bet that dog is going to be HUGE.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Tiffany

    WOW! That's amazing! I also know a 14 years-old girl who started her own business by knitting and selling them to other people. I wish I can start my own business when I a teenager, too. But I'll I have to choose what I want to sell now. Mmm...

    October 5, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  2. Tiffany

    p.s. I think the title should be "9-Years-Old Business Girl", not Woman.

    October 5, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  3. Wayno

    I could think of a lot of puns for this story....I am anxious to see what you came up with. Eeesh ending a sentence with a preposition!

    Wayno

    October 6, 2008 at 12:47 am |
  4. Hannah from S. Korea

    It really is. I'm just 11 and somebody my own age is making their own money by selling and making things on the internet. I wish I could make my own money...but I don't know how to start my buisness..Even in hard times like this, they could make their own money and it's a type of cutting back on money! It's a really great idea!

    And I totally agree with you on her dog...Lucky's gonna be fat!

    October 6, 2008 at 6:56 am |
  5. Lukas

    wow that is amazing.... I couldn't even keep up with my lemonade stand.

    October 6, 2008 at 7:46 am |
  6. Joseph

    I was reminded that dogs are an important part of our life they pretect us keepus safe and play with us. You should say how did your dog help and how did your mom help.I agree with you it was good .

    October 6, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  7. tatiana

    your writing made me think that there should be more young people that should start small buisnesses to see what they want to do when they grow up.I also think you would be a terrific reporter if you want to do that for a living. That was an amazing story.I would love to have my own buisness , great idea!

    October 6, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  8. Natalie

    I can relate to this because I've 'started' little businesses before, but of course, they were never successful, because I had NO time at all!
    I wish I could start a business, and make some money, and put it towards some saving... but, I suppose that I'll never have a successful business that I have time for and one that I remember to do! I hope I finally overcome the obstacles and get it right!

    I'm also going to have to make dog treats for a dog that's staying at my house for a month. (only a few more days until he comes!!!)

    I hope that I'll finally get it right!

    October 6, 2008 at 9:54 am |
  9. Josh

    Thats cool how she started her business at nine years-old!! Thats everyones dream, to make money for what you like to do. I would have much rather been in sports, but helping out dogs is cool too. I wish I had the chance to start my own business at nine, that chick is one lucky person...

    October 6, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  10. crystal

    I think it is really cool that a nine year old girl could make her own business. She probably did not come up with it on her own. She does everything else herself though so thats cool.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  11. josh

    today your show wasn't that great it was pretty boring youv'e talked about main street and wall street to much it is time to move on but it was a little interesting to find out about the 9 year old making her own buisness

    October 6, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  12. Ryan

    Well I think that is a very good idea. But the fact is she should paton it if not already done so. She should start a college fund.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  13. Alexander

    I think that this is a good idea for a young person to be starting their own business. It could help them for the future by getting a job this early. it's also kind of cool.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  14. Kaitlyn

    I thought that was awesome the way she started her own business. She even had a dog who tested it now that is awesome. She can make a fortune with just making dog treats for dog maybe for humans. I wouldn't suggest that humans eat it I would prefer that dog because she made them for dog.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  15. Brittany

    I like the fact that young people are starting to get into business while they are little. This helps to show that the young people of today are going to have good futures. I know that ever since i was 10 I wanted to baby sit. But living in this small community it made things hard. Then seeing this young girl go out and follow through with her hopes, it makes you want to try harder on making your dreams come true.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  16. Brady

    I think that giving that girl her own business was a good idea, if she is determined to make it work than she deserves to keep it.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:14 am |
  17. Arykah

    I wonder why those kids startded their own company so early. I wish I could start my own company. I would start my own hair and nail salon because I like to do hair and nails.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  18. Riana

    Wow! Thats really interesting that a 9 year old would have a buisness already. She's probably a very smart person. Who could think that a 9 year old would have a buisness when some adults don't.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:27 am |
  19. Mitul

    This really made me think about that kids can make a difference, If they really try hard enough. After reflecting on your post i decided to try to combine math and service to make a good business and a huge chance to make some money. Sometimes kids can't stand to work in such young age they need to get out and have fun , but they have a chance at becoming someone who can make a difference in the world.

    October 6, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  20. Ben

    Wow!!! A 9 year old buisinesswoman, i've never heard of something like that. She must be really smart. I would never be able to start a buisiness, even if I was 30 years old. That sounds like a very interesting article, I wish I could read it.

    P.S I agree with you, that dog probably is going to be huge.

    October 6, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  21. Erica

    This made me think about my dog snuggles he is only 1 years old . I love my dog. If he knew you i bet he would like you a lot. i loved your story i hope you make anther one because you must be so smart. I would like to be you. I just love dogs so much. Please tell me how you became a young bisniss worker i bet i would read it.

    October 6, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  22. Umara

    This article inspired me to follow my dreams. It inspired me because if a 9-year-old can become a businesswomen then I can become anything I want to be. I want to ask why did the 9-year-old want to do this?

    October 6, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  23. Lee-Huang

    I think its great for her to do that by herself. (and a little help from mom) But she must be really responsible. What an inspiration for kids. I just my try something myself.

    October 6, 2008 at 11:40 am |
  24. Nas

    Is it me or did anyone else thought there was something odd about that 9 year old girl.

    October 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    I think that is really amazing, how a little girl has started her own buissness like that. I am sure that she had a lot of support from her mom, but it is amazing that such a person, could start a buissness. It's just crazy. Good for her, for staepping up to the plate, and following her dreams! I can tell that girl has a very good future in front of her!

    October 6, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  26. olyn

    I'm guessing that she is pretty smart but I also think she might be greedy,because if ure that age and You want money so bad that ule start a bunnies at that age then I think ure greedy.Shes pretty cute for bing a little girl.

    October 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  27. Jordan

    I have thought about making my own business in jewelry. Being so young and already making a fortune could help kids in the long run.

    October 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  28. Hanna

    I am 11 years old and I have started my own bracelet making company. I have already made close to 400 dollars selling them. It is really great if you cam get hooked up with craft shows to expand you buisness.

    That dog will be fat!

    October 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  29. summer

    that is a young age. i want to run my own business but with sports and higher grade levels i just can't add another thing.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Lauren

    I think a 9-year old buisness women/girl is a great thing to do. It's something that i would consider doing hopefully one time in my my life!

    October 7, 2008 at 8:12 am |
  31. Drew

    How much per bag?

    October 7, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  32. justin

    that little girl is amazing i think could really go somewhere with her team of highly sofistacated taste testers lol

    October 7, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  33. Alexandria

    I think it was a good idea, but a little strange for a 9-year old to be doing it!

    October 7, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  34. nolan

    that is pretty cool that that little girl did that and she makes them for every season/holiday

    October 7, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  35. Cailie

    I thing that that is pretty cool that she has that option. If I was nine I would want that to happen to me. That is really cool that she has support from her mom to help her. Cailie:)

    October 7, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  36. Alyssa

    Carl, I think that a nine year old girl who made dog treats by hand is pretty astonishing, I never would have thought of that in my entire life.

    October 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  37. Aryanna

    I think it is a good idea to be able to make up your own job and get paid I know a kid (my sister) that wanted to do a new job is to clean up our swimming hole cause we live by a lake so she wanted to make it clean because there was a lot of stuff where we swim at and someone said that they would pay her if she did it because they said they have younger ones and they take them down and stuff so yeah

    October 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  38. Mercedes

    I think its cool she made her own job.

    October 7, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  39. Justin

    i think that a 9 year old made a business

    October 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  40. Adel

    I believe that no matter what age you are, you can still be succsesful. That was amazing that she started a buisness at nine years old.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  41. Isabella

    I found myself wondering how a 9 -year old could be a business woman. She must be a very smart girl. I'm wondering how would she have time to do her homework and have a business?

    October 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  42. Joshua

    I wish that I had started something like that I could imagine it. It would probably be fun doing it with a friend.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  43. Kimberly

    I wonder how hard it can be to have a buissness at that age! I won' t be able to do that because school work and more can make it harder for me!What do you think will you be able to put up with a buissness?

    October 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  44. Brooke

    This is absolutely amazing. I think it's a great idea, and the whole thing inspired me more to do what I'm doing right now with my life. My sister says it isn't that good, but I love doing it, like this girl loves to do this. She's definitley a creative and interesting person. Whoooo! I so support and encourage her to keep doing it.
    -Brooke

    October 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  45. Paris

    I think it is great that a child of such a young age is proving what a great help we can be to those in need. Good work!

    October 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  46. jkk

    you go girl!!!!

    October 7, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  47. Kaitlyn

    OMG!!! That is so cool!!! I want to make money doing something I want too. PLus you know how parents always complain about their boss??? I would be my own boss!!! Plus it would be nice because then with the money I could help charity and halp my parents pay the bills. Thye would love that!!!

    October 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  48. Allie

    once i tried to start a company like this but it never really took off like it sounds like this 9 year olds did. i tried selling the treats to my neighbors they bought a few but then they got mad at me because their dog got sick. Well i hope this girls company goes better that mine!

    October 7, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  49. Allie

    P.S:this is also amazing that a nine year old is doing it i was eleven when i tried and it was with my 14 year old sister

    October 7, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
  50. maci

    i thought the dog treats were cool and were sweet

    October 7, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  51. Anonymous

    wow that is amazing that girl is going to go fair in life

    October 7, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  52. Anonymous

    wow wow wow wow wow!

    October 7, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  53. Corbin

    I would love to have my own business. I am 10 but have a small business where i sell stuff I don't want. Only the kids that live on my street buy things from me.(My street has only 8 houses and only 3 are where kids live):-(. I would LOVE to have a treat making business!!!! She is the start of young entrepreneurs.:-)

    October 8, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  54. nick

    thats crazy talk 9 year olds dont do busness crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy crazy

    October 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  55. Eshani

    That idea of starting a business is really cool and unique. It is amazing that a 9 year old girl has made a successful business. If you are so successful in this business, how is it easy for you to actually make all these dog treats for 1000's of people that want to give their dogs these treats?

    October 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  56. Adriana

    This made me think why would she want to run a business? It takes a lot of work. Does she have lots of money? Is it hard for her and her family to run it?

    October 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  57. Taylor

    I didn't understand why you started the first paraghph like that. i thought you should talmj about the 9 year olded girl. But the last paraghph was great. Thank you.

    October 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  58. Zarfo

    I COULD SO BE A NINE YR OLD BUISNESS DUDE I MEAN I WOULD SO MAKE a millie off of selling heat rays yes its poSSiBLE

    October 8, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  59. John

    I think that it is a good idea for children to get involved in buisness

    October 8, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  60. chelsea

    i think that this is really cool. i like the fact that although the little girl had been turned diwn before because she was so young she didnt let it stop her she got help from her mom. i think that it is good that there are young people that want to do things for themselves and that will do anything that they have to do to accomplish this.

    October 9, 2008 at 8:38 am |
  61. crystal

    If I had 10$ I would give to to people in need of money/ homeless people. Or I would give the money to some king of cancer organization.

    October 9, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  62. Randall

    Cool! A nine year old basically famous for something she came up with. I wish I would've thought of something like that. I bet she makes a lot of money selling dog treats.

    October 9, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  63. Samantha

    I think that is pretty cool because she is only nine years old and she's doing that kind of stuff.Also I wish I could start my own buisness.

    October 9, 2008 at 10:14 am |
  64. Cody

    Sure it is good to be involved in biusness, and have some responsilility, but owning one? It's to much for a child to do. She should enjoy more than working. You have all your life to work.

    October 9, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  65. Gage and tim

    I think that it is fair that all the girls can play foot ball just as well as the boys.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  66. Andre

    That is amazing.My mom has her own business on the internet and not much people are going on : (

    October 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  67. Pierre

    I think its a great thing that she started her own business. She could use the money to help other people. I know i would.

    October 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  68. Akela

    Wow, I think thats great that a nine year old girl is getting out there in the big world, and just giving it all she's got by just simply doing something that she enjoys doing like making dog treats. For someone so young, doing something so big already, I think that she has a huge chance of being extremly successful. I wish her luck!

    October 13, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  69. Rachel

    I think it is amazing that a nine year old could start a buisness. I'm sure it is hard to start a buisness when your a grown up, but i can't even imagine starting one when your nine! The dog is probably happy that the little girl is making dog treats. He most likely gets to be the taste tester for them. She probably isn't taking this buisness thing to seriously, but that would be a really awesome story to tell to her kids! :D

    October 13, 2008 at 10:47 am |
  70. Kelsey

    Well... thats interesting... She's very young to be running a business... but that just shows that she will be a successful person in the future.. let alone right now.

    October 13, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  71. Morgan

    I cant believe that shes a busnesswoman and shes only 9 years old!
    Thats amazing. She will be very sucsessful in the future! Her dog must be very lucky to have a loving owner like her.

    October 14, 2008 at 9:48 am |
  72. Mackenzie

    When I saw this article I was thinking that was really weird. Then I thought that was really interesting. Also it was really cool how a 9-year old girl could start a business and the teenagers too. I thought it was a really good article!!! =]

    October 14, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  73. Eric

    I don't understand how a business GIRL can be 9 years old. Isn't she too young. She hasn't been in school long enough to be in a business.

    October 14, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  74. Ciara

    I think she is too young it is crazy for a little girl working at that kind of age. I think she should go back to school and get an education and then after college she could go back to running a dog bussiness . If she wants to go back to it.

    October 14, 2008 at 9:52 am |
  75. connor

    I really think it's amazing a 9 year old made a company and is selling right now, but that just tells every one can do something if a 9 year old can make a bussiness.

    October 14, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  76. Michelle

    I predict that girl will grow up to be a sucessful business woman. She seems really smart! She can run her own pet food company.

    October 14, 2008 at 11:43 am |
  77. Kathryn

    I don't belive that there could be a 9 year old being a business worker . I think thats silly.I wonder why she could do that.

    October 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm |
  78. Emily

    I wonder why a 9 year old would want to start a company for making dog treats at a very young age because it i s very hard.

    October 14, 2008 at 12:23 pm |
  79. travis!!!!!

    I think this is a bad idea because if she puts the wrong thing in her parents could get sued.

    October 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  80. Laura

    I think it would great if I could to own your own company. If I could I would take change to make money. Like is hard in my family right now. It would be nice to treat my mom to a movie of some sort of dinner once or twice a month.

    October 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  81. Trilby

    I think that the little girl will get pretty far with her buisness because well for one it was on student news and another is because its probabally better for you dog than the regular dog treats and its not every day you see a dog treats made byt a little girl so i think its cool.

    October 14, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  82. Elizabeth

    i think that is awesome it shows us that we can do anything if we just put our minds to it

    October 14, 2008 at 8:36 pm |
  83. Carsten

    I think it's cool that kids can do batter at running a buisness than some grown ups. Even with help it is still an amazing thing

    October 14, 2008 at 8:42 pm |
  84. larry

    i think it is amazing that a 9 year old wants 2 be successful but i bet she will have dignity of what she is doing

    October 14, 2008 at 8:45 pm |
  85. carl

    I'm glad that that girl is making a difference, even if it's just with dog treats. She's basically saying that you can do any goal you set out to do, and make dogs happy.

    October 14, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  86. dan

    i think its cool that shes started her own business. if i tried, my brother would be all like "she cant do it!" to me but i would do it anyway!

    October 15, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  87. Tricia

    I think it's amazing that a little girl would take part of that. I also think that maybe this could start a revolution!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  88. Michael

    I think that it is great that someone so young can be so successful. It will give her knowledge that she can use later in her life. This will show her employers that she knows how to run a business, and might get her a job or two.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  89. Abby and Eliza

    I think it's really cool that kids can have their own businesses and make their own money! More kids should do it, because it helps learning about money and things you need to know when you get older and become independent! Hooray for the nine year old! :):):)

    October 16, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  90. Abby and Eliza

    :) :) :) Go nine year old!!!!! More kids should have their own businesses!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    October 16, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  91. elsye

    she could earn a lot of money and maybe when she grows up she might have a lot of money or maybe be rich.

    October 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm |
  92. Jennifer

    i am a little older than her but one day ia also going to open my very own job so i can get money.

    October 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  93. Shantale

    I think it so AWSOME that a nine-year old GIRL! yeah girl! not boy!! has her own buisness, and its so smart that her dog taste her new recipe! What a great way to see if your treats are good, from a real dog!! I know she will be succsessful!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm |
  94. Tashonda

    I never thought a young person such as a 9 year old would be able to think of being an Entrepenuer. It amazes me because thats what i want to be also and i didn't think of that when i was 9

    October 16, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  95. nisla

    well...this girl sure is smart! : 0 )! and wen i saw the video 2 this i was suprised. the ccccoooooooooollllllllllll thing is dat the treats r not only 4 dogs but 4 ppl! i am so gonna buy it 4 me! i don't like 2 be selfish so i'll share with my dog snopp dog AKA snoppy! i can't wait!

    October 19, 2008 at 2:19 am |
  96. Angelica

    I feel really happy for that person(teenager):)

    October 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm |
  97. Aimee

    I don't think that's such a bad idea at least her parents will know that she's going to get a good job when she's older. I like the idea of the doggie treats. The prices are rising on those too!!! She should give some to the shelter for free. Look at all those dogs. I wonder what she's going to be when she's older. Maybe if her mom helps her she can make blankets for the dogs at the shelter to sleep on instead of those hard basement floors. Right now she can probably make some cat treats too along with the dog treats..

    October 21, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  98. melanie, dakota

    9 year old business woman!!
    MY GOLLY!!! GEE WIZ SHUCKS
    AHH THATS CRAZY!!
    LIKE LIZARDS IN THE PARK

    I think that is amazing, and almost a little crazy, I wish i could be a business woman, even if i just drove the lawn mower on my farm!!

    i wish i could be that serious like her!!!!! that would be so kewl

    October 21, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  99. NICOLE

    That pumpkin was great. And I think I mite change my mind about what costume I’m going to ware for Halloween. That bush one is pretty funny, but I would only ware it to make fun of him, the idiot. GO OBAMA!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  100. joey

    I wish I was 9 and doing buisness as long as I get paid

    October 22, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  101. Briana

    OMG, I am 10 years old and I did not come up with that? I want to start my own fashion company!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm |