Featured Entrepreneur: Meet Myles!
BY KAREN O'KANE (Assistant City Director)
Meet Myles! He is a 5th grade Honor Roll student from Sugar Land and a youth entrepreneur! This is his 4th year participating in Lemonade Day and he was awarded this year’s new 2020 Student of the Year Award sponsored by Cadence Bank.
Myles Brown is a golfer and a member of First Tee of Greater Houston. He loves the Fine Arts: acting with Inspiration Stage and attending classes at the Glassell School of Fine Arts. Myles has been involved with Lemonade Day-Houston for four-years now. His mom found out about Lemonade Day-Houston from another parent whose daughter was involved in the program. Myles wanted to create a box to sell his lemonade in front of his home. When his mom shared this with another parent, that is when they introduced them to Lemonade Day Houston.
Myles presenting at our pitch event at The ion.
Myles is an active participant in our contests throughout the season. He was a participant at our third “Lemonade Day Kids – Pitch Event” at The Ion, an event where kids learn how to pitch their business with mentors who are real-life entrepreneurs and then they pitch to a panel of judges for prizes. He won a special award at the pitch event winning $50 to invest in his lemonade stand business. He also submitted his “Lemon Bear” artwork (pictured above) in our first ever Virtual Art Contest and won for the Third Grade through Fifth Grade category.
Raising Cane's donated the prize baskets for all the Virtual Art Contest Winners.
Myles recently shared his story with us, and we want to share it with you.
When life sends you lemons, make Lemonade!
My lemonade stand promotes "Literacy" and gives back 50% of the profits back to our local community! This year I improved my brand: I created a website, improved my packaging, gained more customers and increased my revenue.
I expanded to a virtual business that offered delivery service. I was able to get customers from everywhere, just like Amazon! My total revenue was $467. I made $370 in profits. I will donate $125 to help Neuhaus Education Center and $60 to Home Again Pet Rescue.
Neuhaus Education Center is important to me! I was left behind in the first grade. My teacher did not understand why my words were jumbled. It was not until I changed schools, that my teacher knew how to bring out the best in me. Today, I am an Honor Roll Student and take 5th grade GT classes. I want everyone to have the teachers that I have today. My donation of $125 will equip 2 teachers and provide the gift of literacy to 44 students. I was able to double my gift to Neuhaus this year!
I am also giving Home Again Pet Rescue a donation because they were able to find my cat, Kevin. After making the donations, I will purchase something special for my cat, buy more supplies for my business and save for college.
St. Catherine of Sienna canceled my lemonade stand on Saturday (after further discussion with the parishioners) and as a result they have committed to taking a special collection on Sunday in my honor for Neuhaus Education Center to help students with Dyslexia.
Myles’s story is that of a true entrepreneur. He sets goals and reflects on his business results. He also follows our 3-step profit program of Spend Some, Save Some and Share some and through his story we can see that he truly gives back to his community in meaningful ways!
Visit his website here!
To Register your youth for our program, visit lemonadeday.org/Houston