For those who believe in the saying, “better to start late than never,” one local entrepreneur in the making is disproving this theory. JorDyn Council not only an incoming first grader at Justiss Elementary School but a rising businesswoman also.
In chasing her dreams, JorDyn’s mother Shavoya Council said her daughter has already received strong support from the community and gives her sincere thanks to those who have purchased lemonade from her and/or have spoken with her at the Your Main Squeeze lemonade stand.
“One day she went to her dad and asked if they could do a lemonade stand,” said Shavoya. “The next day, he went and found someone to help build her a lemonade stand. By the weekend, they had painted the stand and started working on a delicious fresh lemonade recipe. JorDyn even said, ‘I asked my dad for a lemonade stand. I couldn’t believe he said yes and made my dreams come true.’”
JorDyn has enjoyed the luxury of having two parents as successful business owners as the ambitious 5-year-old works hands-on with her parents in their respective business ventures. The experiences she has had not only have given her knowledge of the business world at a young age but adds fuel to her fire to build a successful business of her own.
“JorDyn looks at me and her dad as superheroes and says all the time that she wants to be just like us when she grows up,” Shavoya Council said. “We both have our own businesses. I often let her sit in with me on my shirt-designing process or even letting her press some designs. Her dad lets her do lawn care with him, and she has even learned to drive a zero-turn lawnmower. So when she mentioned wanting to have her lemonade business, we knew she was ready to add to the family success. She wakes up on Saturdays super early and ready for the day.”
The eager and diligent mindset JorDyn carries with her each day continues to impress her parents. However, her curiosity, adaptability, and creative thinking have added to her skillset on the road to potential business mastery.
“She most definitely has that mindset,” Shavoya said. “In November 2019, I started making and selling organic lip gloss and JorDyn was the brains behind it all. She saw it on YouTube and we just had to try it out her vocabulary when it came to different products that were needed was mind-blowing. In May 2020 she lost a tooth and the tooth fairy gave her a generous reward for the tooth. In less than 20 days, she had pulled three more teeth in the hope of receiving the same amount for the additional teeth. She has her mindset of being a young millionaire.”
Seeing her daughter display a high level of intellect and drive to be successful is something JorDyn’s parents are proud of. In return, they just want to see their daughter experience happiness and to stay true to her roots.
“We absolutely love that she has such strong determination at the age of five years,” Shavoya Council said. “Every day we express to her how proud we are of her in all her accomplishments. We constantly remind her that she can do and be whatever she wants as long as she keeps God first and stays focused.”
There are potential plans to add different recipes and expand distribution, but for now, Your Main Squeeze will set up shop every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2734 E. Cherry Street. JorDyn’s lemonade stand has its own page on Facebook called “Your Main Squeeze,” and this page can be accessed for any questions or pertinent information.