After 8-year-old Jalen Bailey expressed a desire to buy his mother a house, Sharhonda Mahan took the proper channels to get her son’s bakery business running.
In July, the Fresno, California residents applied for the necessary licenses and signed the legal documents to make Jalen’s Bakery a reality.
Within a week, young Jalen was making, selling and shipping off his baked masterpieces to lucky customers.
Jalen’s popularity grew instantly, and local media outlets wanted to share his inspiring story.
Mahan spoke to Atlanta Black Star about how Jalen started his own company before the age of 10 and how homeschooling affected his drive in life.
Around 2014, 6-year-old Jalen was baking on his own and baked his first peanut butter cookie without the help of his mother.
“I look at cooking as one of those things — like a basic thing for me,” Mahan told ABS. “I taught him to read when he was very young, to clean up and cook … Those were essential things he would need to know … I tried to make sure everything was fun — especially the things I knew he would need when he was older.”
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