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Child Stars

Reaffirming the American way, kids are showing new entrepreneurial interest.

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This story appears in the April 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It wasn't just firefighters selling commemorative bracelets to raise money for the victims of September 11. Kids nationwide joined the effort, selling everything from lemonade to patriotic crafts and dog biscuits. Their business acumen may have emerged from the goodness of their hearts rather than a desire to profit, but valuable lessons about the freedom to create and sell were still evident.

C.J. Meenan, director of the Pittsburgh office of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), has seen the popularity of nonprofits with NFTE students balloon since September 11. "There's more awareness of what nonprofits do-their role in society-and more desire to engage in that type of activity," he says.

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