Fourteen-year-old Ashlee Hickman has an online business called d o o d l e, selling hand made scrunchies and hair ties, managed out of her Christchurch boarding school bedroom. Separated from her sewing machine and stock after returning home for lockdown, Hickman had been using the opportunity to improve the business in other ways.
His online market features farm fresh fruits and vegetables and meats from local ranches. The effort was intended to be an eight-week project while the Kanekoa family was furloughed from their jobs. But they may keep the online market going even after the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are gone.
Shaye is a dance student at North County Dance Arts and was joined by the Founder of the studio, Mark Louis McKay, to discuss the her campaign to help healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus. She raised 2000$ and distributed various kits to healthcare workers.
14-year-old Styra Goldblatt has always loved to create art. At just 4 years old, she began making customized T-shirts and hats. Eventually, she expanded her creativity to her own website, where she sells stickers and artwork. Recently, she found another way to innovate her talents. “During this pandemic, with all the free time I’ve had, I really wanted to take my business to the next level,” she explained.
Navya graduated from New York's Fordham University last week on Wednesday (May 6) and launched Aara Health on Monday (May 12). Aara Health provides women the platform to discuss their health issues.
Baie D’Urfe resident Kian Armas, 14, wanted to purchase a new laptop, so he set out on a mission to make some money during quarantine. Kian’s grandmother brought up a huge basket of seeds from their basement and just like that, Kian began his new fresh produce business venture.
"I got the idea of making hygiene kits because I watched Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton talk about what people are going through," Bela told WCPO. "It was shocking." This isn't Bela's first entrepreneurial idea: She already owns her own business, Bela Butters, which sells lotion and cream to keep hands soft. Now, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, she's expanded that business into a larger, philanthropic effort with the mission of keeping hands clean.
Hair and skin products are just one aspect of Fant’s work as an entrepreneur. She’s also a designer for No Punching Bag, which is her family’s fashion brand that promotes social change. The COVID-19 pandemic has given them an opportunity to help the community. “We decided to make masks for hospitals and doctor offices, people in general,” Fant said. “We decided to make those for a very low price, for the public that’s not able to afford it right now and for hospitals to buy in bulk.”
CopperSAFE masks are infused with copper, a naturally occurring antimicrobial, self sanitizing element, which one study suggests is better than common materials at preventing the spread of infectious diseases. They are also completely washable, available in youth sizes and can be customized. “These custom-branded masks are a great way for companies, schools and other organizations to provide smart, comfortable protection for their employees or students,” added Connor.
Kona Brand has signed on with a manufacturer, which is currently making sample shirts. Once Will is satisfied with the quality, they will be mass-produced and ready for sale online. Kona Brand will start with shirts for men and may add a women’s line in phase two. He selects the patterns, including a recent favorite with a tiki design. Because he is colorblind, Will relies on a friend to decide on the background colors.