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Q&A: Little Nikita's Big Business Bringing overseas culture to a new home--and a new business

By April Y. Pennington

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Some entrepreneurs decide their destiny early on. For NikitaSchottman, it has been eight years in the making, and he's only13.

Schottman, who immigrated to the United States from Russia fouryears ago, resides in Chico, California, with his parents. When hewas 12, he attended a Youth Entrepreneur Camp sponsored by theStudents in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at California StateUniversity, Chico. Armed with the business know-how he got from theSIFE team, Nikita started his business, A Little Bit of Russia, andbecame profitable his first year.

Did you always want to be anentrepreneur?
Schottman: Yes, I wanted to start my own business when I wasin Russia. At the age of 5 I was going to buy some oranges and asqueezer and squeeze juice, but I decided not to because Ididn't think I'd make that much money. At 7 I rented mybike out to kids.

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