You may have heard of permit patty, luckily she is not involved in this story. After an anonymous person sent a call into Minneapolis Health Department, probably attempting to squash a young man’s aspiration dream to be an entrepreneur.
Instead of shutting down thirteen-year-old Jaequan Faulkner, the Minneapolis Health Department granted him a permit. What would have ruined his ambition has actually taught Faulkner how a proper food business operates and it’s all thanks to the permit patty that tried to get him shut down.
Faulkner’s venture, a tabletop of hot dogs, Polish sausages, chips, drinks and condiments, will travel around the North Side this summer, including stops at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct, the Minneapolis Urban League and Sanctuary Covenant Church. Eventually he hopes to move into a food truck.
Faulkner says its more than having some extra funds in his pocket, he is actually interested in the business side of things.
“I like having my own business,” he said. “I like letting people know just because I’m young doesn’t mean I can’t do” anything.
He operates Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving about 20 customers a day. He says the stand helps promote the positive image of black youth in the area.
Officials in the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) also connected with Faulkner to build his business savvy. Faulkner impressed them with his innate abilities, said Ann Fix, program manager of NEON’s food business incubator.
“Every day I’ve been going home thinking, ‘This young man is the brightness of my day,’ ” she said.
Starting next year, Faulkner hopes to put 25 cents from every hot dog sold to youth suicide and depression awareness.
When asked in front of cameras if he does it for the money, Faulkner replied:
“No,” Faulkner answered curtly. “It’s not about the money. It’s just something I enjoy doing.”
And with that Jaequan Faulkner is our Gentleman Of The Week!