FVHS maintains a bulletin board of young entrepreneurs throughout the school.
FVHS maintains a bulletin board of young entrepreneurs throughout the school.
Josh Loughren

FVHS Students take business ownership to new heights

All over FVHS, there are small business owners. Average everyday students have created businesses such as a swimwear brand, a car detailing business, and even a window tinting business. 

Sophomore owner of Coastal Cool Holden Bierman said, “I was always passionate about business and taking risks, and I’ve always been creative since the time I was in elementary school. My drive gave me the initiative to start a sustainable company but also a creative company.¨ 

Running a business as a teenager is hard work. Students have to perfectly balance school work, running a business and having a normal teenage social life. Some might wonder how these teens do it all.

Bierman has the answer.

 ¨If you ever see me around the school I’m most likely on the phone or answering emails. I also think time management is a big part of it, for example, using my breaks and my lunches to get work done,¨ said Bierman.

To run a business at such a young age you need to have drive and determination. At FVHS there’s an abundance of both. Recently, a lot of new businesses have popped up. Just in the past couple years,  junior Tyson Greenbaum and senior Gates Hinton have both created their own car detailing business. Sophomore Jayden Manchego even started his own hot dog truck, Js Diggity Dawgs.

Many business owners start a company of their own to get away from management and uncontrollable hours. 

Hinton said ¨I was tired of working for companies. I just wanted to work on my own schedule doing something I was interested in.¨

Teens creating small businesses is on the rise, and FVHS is doing a great job encouraging and recognizing entrepreneurial spirit. On the first floor of FVHS, there’s a wall dedicated to the young business owners in our school. The entrepreneur wall is designed to help promote all businesses in our school and make other students aware of how students at our school are making strides to make our community a better place.

The student business owners at our school feel that social media is the best way to get information about their business out to the community. 

Senior Gates Hinton, owner of Big 9 Detailing, said, “The biggest thing was to get a Facebook page started. Instagram also helped me reach friends and family members who wanted detailing done for them.¨

The students and community members of Fuquay-Varina should stay on the lookout for more student-run businesses emerging and growing around town and on social media. One day, with the right drive and determination, maybe it could be you.


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