Most 12-year-olds are focused on playing on a soccer team, a baseball team or the newest video games, but Silas Henry began his own cookie baking business at the age of 8 and today is expanding his business and satisfying each of his customers’ sweet tooth with his delicious chocolate chip cookies. So how did this young cookiepreneur get his start rolling in the dough?
Four years ago, Silas Henry, the oldest child in a family of four kids, had an interest in the culinary arts. “My nanny introduced me to a chef at her church, and he inspired me by giving me a cookbook for kids that he had made. I often try new recipes with my mom and dad. My mom homeschools me and my siblings, and my dad is a corporal in the Winston-Salem Police Department. My cookie business started simply by selling cookies on my neighborhood street,” recalled Silas. We all have made cakes and cookies that our family and friends rave about, but Silas got some objective feedback early on.
“I entered my chocolate chip cookies for the first time in the Dixie Classic Fair when I was ten years old, and received the Second-Place ribbon. This encouraged me to keep trying to improve my baking skills, so I started making cookies for my friends and family,” Silas said. With continued encouragement, Silas decided that he would like to expand his business, and he did just that.
“Later, I really wanted my business to spread, so I started handing out business cards. I printed my own at first, then designed a card, and my dad had it printed professionally. Soon a lot of people wanted to buy my cookies in batches, so I started packaging them and delivering them, too. I remember baking at least 300 cookies one Saturday before Christmas a few years ago and delivering them to my customers. I saved the money I made at that time to pay for a horse camp I really wanted to attend. The money that I make this summer I am using to help my cheer team fundraise for camp,” commented Silas.
With his business, Silas has been taught a few lessons. “My cookie business has taught me how to save, invest and have money available to share with others when needed. It’s been a good experience, and I’ve had to work hard some days to keep up with my orders,” Silas said. You may be thinking, what makes Silas’ chocolate chip cookies so special?
“Most of my cookie recipe is pretty straightforward, but there is a secret ingredient that I’d rather not talk about. My parents help me now and then, of course, my brother and sisters, Titus, Karis and Lucy, help sample the cookies. So far, it’s just cookies I like to sell, although I do like to think of other ways to make money. I guess I would consider myself a young entrepreneur, but it comes down to the fact that it’s a lot of fun seeing others enjoy something that I have made,” stated Silas.
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