Teen entrepreneurs use their business to give back to community

The teenage duo dream of turning their concession stand into a convenience store one day


Every dream starts somewhere. For teenage entrepreneurs Tre and Ethan, their dream to one day own a convenience store starts at this concession stand.

The cousins sell snacks and beverages ranging from candy to chips, pickles, and Gatorade.

“Everybody in the neighborhood, they’ll usually come down, they’ll buy something, talk to us. A few people come just to donate stuff every day,” said Tre.

Their concession stand has only been up for a few weeks, and it has already earned $200. But Tre and Ethan aren’t just earning money for themselves. A portion of their earnings will be used to buy backpacks for kids in need. “I hate seeing people with holes in their shoes or they don’t got a backpack because they couldn’t afford it. I hate seeing people like that. It’s terrible. I remember getting made fun of in elementary for it and I wouldn’t want anybody else to have to do that,” said Tre.

Their past hardships fuel their desire to succeed and taught them the importance of helping others. “And the reason we decided to do this is because as we were growing up, we haven’t lived the best life and we don’t want people to live how we lived and we want to give back,” says Ethan.

And their first summer job, a job they created, is teaching them that hard work comes with ownership.

“Trust me, there’s been some days where I didn’t want to work and he didn’t want to work, but since there’s two people, you just push each other to do it,” said Tre.

Their goal is to buy 100 backpacks and expand their business next summer.

If you’d like to support Tre and Ethan’s convenience stand, you can find it on the 2000 Block of Kendall Lane near Shively in Louisville, Kentucky.