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Fair or Foul? Government Shuts Down 11-Year-Old’s Cupcake Business

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We always ask why did you start your business. For Chloe Stirling, of Troy, Illinois, she started her venture-a cupcake business based out of her family’s kitchen. The 11-year-old started her business after her mother promised to match her dollar for dollar as Chloe saved for a car. She was charging $10 for a dozen cupcakes and $2 for specialty cupcakes according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Stirling began making $200 a month selling the cupcakes and even received press including a front-page article that appeared in the Belleville News-Democrat. After catching wind of what was going on, the Madison County Health Department put an end to her venture by telling Chole’s mother, Heather Stirling , that they were shutting down the business and that they could either buy a bakery or build a kitchen separate from the one they have in their house.

Amy Yeager, a health department spokeswoman, said the county was applying the law governing businesses that sell and distribute food to the general public.

The 11-year-old entrepreneur also runs her own pet-sitting business called “No Bones About It” and maintains about a dozen year-round clients.

What do you think? Is this fair or foul? Let us know in the comments.

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About Gresham Harkless Jr.

Gresham Harkless is a Media Consultant for Blue 16 Media and the Blogger-in-Chief for CEO Blog Nation. CEO Blog Nation is a community of blogs for entrepreneurs and business owners. Started in much the same way as most small businesses, CEO Blog Nation captures the essence of entrepreneurship by allowing entrepreneurs and business owners to have a voice. CEO Blog Nation provides news, information, events and even startup business tips for entrepreneurs, startups and business owners to succeed.
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