• Dee Porter

#MiniMogul 9-Year-Old Jelani Jones Owns a Line of Bath Products

Perfect grades, extra-curricular activities, and a thriving business? One may think that's a lot for a 9-year-old, but Jelani Jones is just getting started.

It started from taking a class learning to make fizzy bath bombs. The Spotsylvania, Virginia 4th-grader loved it so much, she asked for the teacher's business cards. A conversation with her mom asking what she would name her hypothetical business led to the creation of Lani Boo Bath ("Lani Boo" is Jelani's grandmother's nickname for her).

Next thing you know, Jelani's parents were buying the baking soda, rice bran oil and fragrances needed to make the effervescent balls of perfumed color. Her first customers were friends, family and members of her church, Strong Tower in Stafford County. Now she also sells at local craft fairs and ships orders as far away as Colorado and Florida.

Emerald Bee Bath owner Christi Carter, who taught Jelani how to make bath bombs, has been mentoring her, and she’s also getting help through SheEO, an enrichment and career exploration program where girls outwardly express their dreams, set goals, write plans, innovate, talk business and finance, embrace their differences and identify big opportunities.

A straight “A” student, Jelani’s learned how to budget her time so she can fit in the business with homework, dance class, church and a girls’ ministry.“I have a schedule so I can fit everything in,” she said matter-of-factly.Jelani also has learned how to write a business plan and figure out how much to charge for her products.

She’s already helped do her business’s taxes, and has expanded her line to include handmade soaps. And she’s gotten some of her young friends interested in starting businesses of their own.“She does not want me or her dad doing things for her business without her present,” said Crystal Jones. “If she can’t help directly, she is doing something to contribute.” (Fredericksburg.com)

You can purchase some of these wonderful products on Jelani's Etsy page.

#entrepreneur #laniboobath #bathbombs #fredericksburgvirginia

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