October 28, 2016

Starting a business is a healthy risk for teens

By Matthew Murakami


Creating and developing a small business is a healthy risk for a young person to take. The process of creating a business can be very successful and it can help your community by creating jobs. Having a passion and an activity you enjoy is just one way to help a teenager be successful and may help them avoid unhealthy choices. Taking a healthy risk is a great way to build confidence.

Often, young people have a lot of creativity and can come up with a good business idea. For example, a former Williston Central School student made his own business, Distler’s Pretzels. Almost everyone now in Vermont knows what Distlers Pretzels are, this business was based on a good idea. Everybody likes to eat pretzels, so why not make them even tastier by adding some spice? Creativity helps with building confidence. Turning a passion into reality can be a great feeling for any teenager.

Another reason a teenager should attempt to start his or her own business is because it can help the economy. Teenagers can earn money and create jobs! For example, by creating your own business, whether it be a lawn mowing business, a food vending business or a business doing odd jobs, making money is all of a sudden possible! Focusing on working hard, paying attention to responsibility and working with others, a teenager is making positive strides towards adulthood.

If a small business is created and successful, employees can be hired. Adding jobs to the community is a great thing. When people are earning money working, they have money to put back into the community in the form of eating out, buying things at stores and shopping at local markets. When this happens the entire community benefits.

Some may say that teenagers aren’t ready to start their own business and not ready for all that responsibility. I disagree! Some teenagers are ready and can be really responsible. Some teenagers want a means to express their passion and to help their community. Working hard and persevering through obstacles while creating and maintaining a small business is a perfect healthy risk for an interested teenager to take.

In conclusion, starting a business begins with a creative idea. Teenagers have a lot of creativity and are ready for more responsibility. Taking this healthy risk is very beneficial for a teenager who is interested. Learning to overcome obstacles and work hard to achieve a goal builds character and confidence. Both the teenager and the community can benefit from the creation of a small business.

Matthew Murakami is an eighth grade student at Williston Central School.



  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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