Every dog has their day; every entrepreneur their startup. A stern competitor for the MADE Competition, Madison Green also won the “Best in Show” award during the “Entrepreneurship or Bust Business Camp” Exhibit Booth Presentation which was hosted by the Small Business Technology and Development Center on the campus of the University of Central Missouri. Green during camp sought to take her love of animals and baking and find an entrepreneurial outlet for it. Her idea for gourmet pet treats for dogs and bunny bites for rabbits sure was a hit.
Shortly after the conclusion of camp for Green, she applied to be at the State Fair to not only compete during the MADE in Missouri Entrepreneurship Competition but also to be at the Show-Me 4-H Wares Exhibit Booths as a vendor of her pet treat goods. A large responsibility of the students after camp is to continue pushing forward, Green began product testing, applying for competitions, and seeking the next steps to start her business. Green, clearly, takes this serious. At age 15, why shouldn’t she? Entrepreneurial start-ups are no longer for the college graduate or the retiree, the new footprint left in the sand is that of the new generation.
For Green to get to the point where she is now, she had to follow a process. Green explains, “My first step was joining the entrepreneurship project through my 4-H club. From there I attended the Entrepreneurship or Bust Business Camp which gave me the push I needed to begin the process of becoming an actual business.” The process isn’t easy and Green know it. “My biggest challenge will be getting the public to try my treats,” says Green, “instead of buying their usual treats from my competitors.” However, she knows with a little support and the right product she will be successful saying, “I believe there is a need for my business idea because, many pet owners love to spoil their pets and will spend money on treats on them. I believe I will be successful because, I am doing what I love and have many people who support me.”