Maya Penn is a young and successful entrepreneur who owns Maya's Ideas -- a company she started when she was eight years old.
Maya Penn

Successful 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur’s Advice to Newbies: ‘Know What Your Ideas Are’

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Maya Penn is a young and successful entrepreneur who owns Maya's Ideas -- a company she started when she was eight years old.

Maya Penn

In a recent blog post, 12-year-old business owner Maya Penn penned advice to budding entrepreneurs on how to run a start-up. Penn is the owner of Maya’s Ideas, a virtual store that sells 100% eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable, fashionable accessories and clothing. She started the business at the tender age eight.

Her business has gained the attention of Forbes MagazineBlack Enterprise, Ebony, and several more mainstream publications and websites. Today, at the young age of 12, she already knows her purpose in life: “I see myself doing exactly what I’m doing now — being an entrepreneur, philanthropist and animated filmmaker and doing everything I can to help the planet. I may be one person, but the smallest actions can lead to the biggest changes, That’s why everyone should get involved with saving our environment and giving back to our communities through doing what you love.”

Here’s the advice the young entrepreneur offered to start-ups: “The advice I have for other start-up entrepreneurs is, it’s important to know what your ideas are. Start an idea book, a journal where you can write down all of your ideas for your business. Whether it be a small thought that crosses your mind, or the next big idea, it’s important to have it written down. Even if it doesn’t seem important, it may be very useful in the future. You also have to research what you want to do and what field of business you want to be in. Most importantly, you have to believe in yourself and what you’re doing. When people know that you have a passion, and you truly want to achieve something, you’ll be amazed at how much support you will get. Don’t get discouraged if things are going more slowly than you expected. If things seem to be going wrong, don’t give up too quickly. It’s good for things to go wrong in a business because it’s a learning experience, and it helps you and your business grow.”





  1. This is so refreshing to be able to read a young African American in a non steretypical role; one who has beauty and brawn. You go girl

  2. Why don’t we have a link to her website or the name of her business? How are we supposed to support her with no details? I’ll be looking forward to more information techyville.

  3. Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful article. Thank you
    for supplying these details.

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