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At 12, Mario Mack Owns a Food Truck Business; Here’s How He Balances Work And school

Mario Mack, a 12-year-old from Fairfield, Alabama, balances school and business. He is the proprietor of J’s Pop-Up Shaved Ice, which he founded at the age of ten. During the week, he focuses on education, and on weekends and holidays, he works on his business.

Mack started his company because he wanted to thrive, just like his mother, who impacted his independent thinking.

“She really liked to work for herself, and I saw that, like, early on when she started and I thought it was really cool,” Mack told CBS42. “So, I wanted to do my own thing and start a food truck.”

Two years after purchasing his first trailer, the teen entrepreneur is planning to expand his operations by purchasing a larger one. And he’s doing it with his own money. He is also receiving help from a local nonprofit called Urban Impact Birmingham, which specializes in assisting entrepreneurs like Mack.

“We try to really create access and opportunities for all entrepreneurs. So we have programs, we have capital access, and we also try to develop in the district as well,” said Courtney Craig, the Program Manager at Urban Impact Birmingham.

“It’s necessary. We need to have a wraparound approach in our community when we’re serving entrepreneurs and we need our kids to have something productive,” added Craig.

While the company appears to be a side hustle, Mack says he is fulfilling his entrepreneurial goals. He is enthusiastic about his company and is delighted to serve as an example to other young entrepreneurs.

“What I want to be when I grow up? I want to own my own restaurant, and I want to be able to cook,” said Mack.

For potential entrepreneurs, he said, “Whatever you put your mind to you can do and whatever you’re passionate about you should do it because it could really come true.”

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