The MADE in Missouri Entrepreneurship Competition is the host to many exciting stories, thrilling ideas, and charismatic young people. Charli Rhyne, age 14 of Warrensburg, Missouri is a prime example of such. If you end up at the State Fair on August 12th, 2014 you will see a new apparent theme happening in the state of Missouri. 14 is the new 30 for business start-ups. With the dream in her mind of starting an updated and modern laundry-mat coupled sandwich shop, Rhyne is pushing the innovation boundaries in a college town.
“It started with entrepreneurship/small business camp this summer…” says Rhyne, “and now I’m in the process of making it happen.” Rhyne was one of the promising students within the business camp at the University of Central Missouri hosted by the Small Business Technology and Development Center. “Don’t be afraid to fail and be prepared to be told “no” or it’s not going to work.” During camp, Rhyne came out of her shell and pitched her heart out to judges and public alike, clearly not afraid to fail.
When you consider the practicality of her idea, Rhyne knows, “Start-up costs are one of my biggest obstacles” but that isn’t going to stop her. I’ve heard word of other thoughts and plans amounting. Overcoming barriers, starting businesses, and learning from failure are no longer just for the adult business start-up scene. Catch her at the State Fair and see for yourself, young entrepreneurs are sweeping the Midwest.