MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 13-year-old entrepreneur who was reported for operating a hot dog stand without a license is still in business thanks to Minnesota officials who could’ve shut him down.
The MInneapolis Department of Health received a complaint this summer about the hot dog stand that Jaequan Faulkner had set up outside his Minneapolis home. He called the operation “Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs.”READ MORE: Maple Grove Man Convicted Of Murder In Wife's Shooting Death
But instead of closing down the operation, the agency decided to help. Health inspectors even pitched in to pay for the $87 permit.
Daniel Huff, the department’s environmental health director, said the agency was excited to help a young man with such drive. Huff also contacted the Northside Economic Opportunity Network, which gave Jaequan some pointers on running a business and keeping his stand clean.
Jaequan said he’s overwhelmed by the support.READ MORE: ‘Our Business is Down Over 50%’: Deadly St. Paul Bar Shooting Impacts Surrounding Businesses
“I was actually kinda surprised, because usually I would have one person at a time help me, but then with so many people coming at once, I’m like, wow. I realized how much people enjoy it,” he said.
Jaequan began operating — with a license — on Monday. He started the hot dog stand with help from his uncle, who said Jaequan handles about 90 percent of the business.
The teen now works four-hour days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and spends his free time “thinking about what’s next.” Maybe a food card, so he can take his operation on the road.
Jaequan said he’s also thinking about donating some of earnings to charities that help people with depression.MORE NEWS: None Hurt After Shots Fired Inside Plymouth Movie Theater
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