UTICA, NY – Starting your own small business these days isn’t easy, but one local entrepreneur has already caught the eye of a few of his competitors.
And he’s only 9 years old.
“I wanted to buy stuff independently without having to ask my parents for it,” says Sean Rivera, AKA, Chino of Chino’s Lemonade.
“He’s very ambitious,” says Chino’s mom Teresa Rivera, “When he told me he wanted to open a lemonade stand, I said go for it.”
To help out the young businessman, two local business owners have teamed up to donate fresh lemons and all the different flavors that go into a Chino’s Lemonade.
Robert Butler, the owner of The Pizza Box in Utica, says he was impressed by what he saw.
“A hot sunny day and this young man is out here cutting lemons, making fresh lemonade. And it’s really good.”
Bill Balsamico, the owner of Squeezers Lemonade agrees.
“I’ve been in business for a few years. I mentor people across the country, and this little gut knew what he was doing.”
But there’s more to this story than just some neighborhood kid with a lemonade stand.
“The first day when he made all the money, he came up to me and said ‘Mom, I want to donate some of my money to charity. One that really caught my eye was when he said he wanted to donate to breast cancer. We have an aunt that’s a breast cancer survivor. So that’s really special to us.”
You can find Chino’s Lemonade at 1308 Mary St. in Utica.
He’s open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.