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Q&A: Little Nikita's Big Business

Bringing overseas culture to a new home--and a new business

This story appears in the August 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

Some entrepreneurs decide their destiny early on. For Nikita Schottman, it has been eight years in the making, and he's only 13.

Schottman, who immigrated to the United States from Russia four years ago, resides in Chico, California, with his parents. When he was 12, he attended a Youth Entrepreneur Camp sponsored by the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at California State University, Chico. Armed with the business know-how he got from the SIFE team, Nikita started his business, A Little Bit of Russia, and became profitable his first year.

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