Somebody was trying to kill a Minneapolis’ teen entrepreneurial spirits. The city came to together to get 13-year-old Jaquan Faulkner his permit to continue his business. Jaequan has been cooking hot dogs outside his home, selling them to raise money for new clothes for the school year. He’s been running his business since 2016. However, this summer his business got him more attention.
According to Q13Fox, someone noticed that the stand wasn’t city-sanctioned, filed a complaint and Jaquan was forced to shut down his business. Usually, we see a situation like this and it ends right there. But, this time the city stepped up and shows up rallying behind Jaequan to bring his stand up to code and get him the necessary documentation.
Minneapolis Environmental Health Director Dan Huff told Q13Fox, “When I realized what it was, I said, ‘No, we’re not going to just go and shut him down’ like we would an unlicensed vendor. We can help h get the permit. Let’s make this a positive thing and help him become a business owner.”
The Health Department staff even put up the cash to help Jaequan pay for his $87 permit. Last Monday, Jaequan had his permit in hand and officially reopened Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Dogs.
According to The Root, “Jaequan’s new food permit last for 10 days, after which he’ll be moving his stand to several new locations.” Jaequan, the charismatic entrepreneur has already gotten sponsored by the police precinct, who will help with his next permit so that he can sell his old-fashioned hotdogs in front of the station.”
Source: The Root
Written By: Fantasia Harvey