I have an entrepreneurial spirit and in 2010, as a sophomore in high school, I began my own soy candle business: Erie Canal Candle Co. I'd always been interested in starting my own business (my father is a small business owner himself) and it seemed like a fun project.
Candle making was the perfect fit and gave me the opportunity to learn something new and create a unique product. Through YouTube videos and library books, I learned how to make the candles. Each candle was made by hand and I designed my own logo, packaging, website, and marketing materials. I sold the soy candles on my Etsy site, local craft shows, and as well as at Little Button Craft in Rochester, New York.