By: Krystle Crossman
Jalen Bailey, 8, and his mother live together in a small rental house in Fresno, California. Jalen has much bigger dreams than this small home however. He became an entrepreneur at a young age with one simple goal in mind…a house for his mother. It all started in preschool when he was helping his mother during the holidays while she was making sweet potato pie to make some money. He began forming ideas about other baked goods that he could make to give to people and soon his passion took off.
Seeing how engaged Jalen was with baking his mother, Sharhonda Mahan, decided that it was time for him to learn about business. He went to a program made just for kids that showed them how to manage money, manage a business, market themselves, and reach a specific target audience that they were looking for. He flew through the course and even got a business license through the state so he could begin selling his delicious baked goods to others. Now Jalen and his mother are sending out orders every day to their loyal customers.
Jalen states that he feels like he is the man of the house and he should be helping to provide for their small family. He has dreams of buying a bigger home that has a swimming pool and of course a large kitchen. He has had a website built for his business where he features baked goods such as pies, tarts, and his favorite goodie, peanut butter cookies. Slowly but surely this young man is earning the money that he needs to build his business up so that he can ship nationally. He even hopes to ship internationally one day.
Mahan states that her son becomes more excited about his business with every order that he puts together. She can see the sparkle in his eye when he is baking. It is something that he absolutely loves to do and is making sure that he can help his mother along the way. They have set up a Go Fund Me account to try and raise money to help Jalen take his business up to the next level so he can begin to turn a profit and save money. It won’t be long before this young business man and his mother are in a beautiful new home.