Young Author and Business Owner: One on One with Michael “Mikey” Wren
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Grades: K - 12

Kristy sits down with 12-year-old Mikey Wren, the youngest vending machine owner in the country.  Mikey’s interest in business started with a lemonade stand and grew into the ownership of several vending machines across the St. Louis area and two best-selling children’s books. Hear Mikey and his supportive mother, Arriel, talk about what drives him, how he balances business with school, and his plans for the future.


In this episode you’ll hear…

  • How Mikey got his start
  • How he balances everything with school
  • How other kids his age can become entrepreneurs


“I want to have a future to the point where I don’t have to worry about going to a job that I don’t like… Having my own business, I can decide when I want to go work or I can go hire people.”

“I don’t do much talking, I let my actions show.”

“If you find a problem that needs to be solved, you’re an entrepreneur.”

“Take risks and take chances because you only get one shot at some stuff. So if you don’t take the risk or don’t take the chance, that’s an opportunity that you’ve probably missed.”

–Michael “Mikey” Wren, the Classroom Matters podcast


Links to…

-Mikey’s website