Monday, November 15, 2010

What do two kids selling cookies in a park have to do with the US status in the world of places to do business? Maybe nothing BUT maybe everything...

I often wonder if America is losing its entrepreneurial edge.  We foster this spirit in kids and hope it carries through to adulthood.  Below is an article on how one town councilman, who I am sure has uttered the phrase "do you know who I am?" more than once, called the police on the young men.  The graph below is from today's WSJ on "The Best Country to Start a Business"...We are number 3.  Is that good enough? I know, this is VERY anectdotal evidence, but is there a trend in the US of hostility towards entrepreneurship?  What do you think?

New Castle councilman calls cops on boys' cupcake sale

""When Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff, two 13-year-olds from Chappaqua's Seven Bridges Middle School, set up shop at Gedney Park on a fall weekend last month, they were expecting a tidy profit. 

Instead, the two wannabe entrepreneurs selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie treats baked by them for $1 apiece got a taste of cold, hard bureaucracy .

New Castle Councilman Michael Wolfensohn came upon the sale and called the cops on the kids for operating without a license.

The boys' parents are incensed and can't believe a Town Board member would handle the situation that way.

"I am shocked and sad for the boys. It was such a great idea, and they worked hard at it," said Laura Graff, Kevin's mother. "But then some Town Board member decided to get on his high horse and wreck their dreams."""

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