Meet Zoe

August 05, 2019

When I came out of my school’s TREP$ Kick-off assembly, I thought of my cousin who is an entrepreneur and makes her own organic beauty products. I decided to sell soaps and told my mom what we learned about TREP$ in the assembly at school. My mom said that we should ask my cousin for ideas and suggestions.

I decided to create fun, colorful, organic hand soaps. I created my business name by testing my first soaps that I had made. My hands were filled with suds so my mom thought that would be a great name SUDZ’Z. My school suggested for us to create our business on our own so I did. The first few soaps I made, I struggled with how long to let the soaps set and harden, so a few of my first batches cracked. I called my cousin and asked her how long it usually takes for her soaps to set and she helped me.

Marketplace day was here, and standing at the table for the first time felt a little scary because I didn’t know if people were coming to buy my product. Watching the people pass by and not come to my table was hard but as soon as I got a customer I felt very happy and confident. I decided to donate a portion of my proceeds to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation because my cousin, who helped me with my soaps, has type 1 diabetes- so I was thinking of paying it forward. I think for the next TREP$, something I would do differently, would be to create more of the smaller soaps because I sold out of them quickly. I also would have loved to have a form that people could write their email, so I can send them a thank you note and an order form for any future purchases. Overall my first TREP$ Marketplace was a great experience. I can’t wait until the next one.

Zoe participated in the TREP$ entrepreneurship education program as after-school enrichment,  right at school. This extracurricular activity is a PBL (project based learning) experience that helps kids gain an entrepreneurial mindset, financial literacy, and life skills to prepare them for and improve their futures.

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