Tough Competition

Hurry with your spacecraft school--before these kids start crowding the market.
This story first appeared in the May 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Do today's children care about business? Apparently they do. We made a trip to Belleview School in Sonora, California, and asked the third graders what kind of business they'd like to own someday. Here are some of the answers they gave us:

  • I would like to own a dude ranch when I am older because I love animals, especially horses. The name of my dude ranch would be Palomino Getaway. The type of service I would give is breakfast in bed each morning at 8 o'clock. This would be a great business for me because I am great with horses. --Lindsey
  • When I am older I would like to own a business called Hot Glass Classes. I would teach people how to sculpt things with hot glass, like a candle holder made out of glass. It would be fun to teach people how to sculpt things out of melted glass. --Dylan
  • When I grow up I would like to own a designing company. I would like to call it Our Business Is There for You. I would like to make different types of clothes for kids and grown-ups. I would like to do this because I'm good at designing clothes for people. --Halle Rose
  • When I grow up I would like to own a spacecraft school. I'd name my business Air Craft Technology, and I'd teach people how to drive spacecraft. I would tell people how long it takes to get to the moon, and I would tell them all about the moon. I would do this because in case there was another war we would be prepared. --Lauren
  • When I grow up I would like to own a video game and console store. The name of it would be Pro-Game-Exchange. I would sell the video games for $3, $6, $10, $20 and $40. I would sell the consoles for $30, $80, $120, $400 and $405. --Scott
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