We had the good fortune of connecting with Lena Ford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lena, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is that young children can not own a business. Children can own businesses. Owning a business can teach children how to use the lessons they learn in school in the business world. I use reading, math, and art every day in my business. If children don’t want a run a business they could also volunteer in their community. I use a portion of my sales in my business to purchase and donate art supplies for children in foster homes and shelters.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started Positively Lena when I was 9 years old. I am currently 12 years old and am very excited about how my business is growing. My brand focuses on self-care, self-love, self-talk, and living a healthy positive lifestyle. I have a very supportive family that helps me with my business ideas. I also have great mentors in business that help me to learn about business and always support what I have going on. Starting my business was easy because I had help from my family, if I didn’t have a strong support system it would have been hard but I still would have wanted to work hard on starting my business. The biggest lesson that I have learned while having a business is balance. I am an honor roll student and I take advanced classes. There are days when I have to balance my school work and business work. I also love to spend time with my friends and family. I want the world to listen to kids, even though we are young we have opinions that matter and we can help change the world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting we would definitely go to the Marietta Square for Bubble Tea and lunch at Taqueria Tsunami. Downtown Atlanta to ride the Ferris wheel and visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We would also do an Escape Room and visit Frozen Cow Creamery in Kennesaw. Finish the visit by grabbing some good books from The Bookworm Bookstore in downtown Powder Springs.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shout-out to my family and village of supporters. There are so many people that support Positively Lena and I appreciate the consistent love that they show me and the brand. We will make a difference in the world.