Lots of kids have at one point asked their Mom or Dad to set up a lemonade stand on the weekend to make a couple dollars over the summer. It’s a kids first look at a small business, but once all the lemonade runs out that’s usually the end of it, not for Michael Platt. Michael took this concept a step further. He loved to bake, wanted to start a business and wanted to give back to his community. At just 11 years old he was able to put together a plan to do all things, successfully.
Michael started baking with his mom in their kitchen selling all kinds of baked goods, although cupcakes are the biggest hit. He didn’t want to just turn profit though, he wanted to give back, so he started a one-for-one business model, for every baked good sold, he would donate one to the homeless. This started as a small business and has grown quickly. Now 13, Michael has an outlook on life that few too many people have “I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” he said. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, 'How does this touch other things?’”
We recognize you Michael for not only your entrepreneur mindset, but for finding creative ways to give back to those in need and make your community a happier, better place!