Complaint About 13-Year-Old's Hot Dog Stand Makes the City Help Him

Jaequan Faulkner, a 13-year-old from Minneapolis got unexpected help from the city after someone complained about his hot dog stand that was operating without a license.

Opening up your own business, no matter how big or small, is very challenging, especially in today's bureaucratic reality where you have to file paperwork on everything you do. For 13-year-old  Jaequan Faulkner, it was even harder, after someone reported that he was operating a hot-dog stand without a license.

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Jaequan Faulkner was reported to the the Minneapolis Department of Health after he opened his 'Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs' stand outside his home. What Jaequan and the person who reported him did not expect was that he was not only going to keep his stand, but also get help from the city.

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The Minneapolis Department of Health decided to help Jaequan keep his stand by giving him a license and paying for the $87 permit. The young entrepreneur didn't expect the amount of support he got from both the city and the health department, saying “I was actually kinda surprised, ’cause usually I would have one person at a time help me, but then with so many people coming at once, I’m like, wow. I realized how much people enjoy it.”


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Jaequan began working with a license on Monday, and according to his uncle, the young man manages 90% of his business all on his own. Jaequan wants to expend his business and operate a food cart that will enable him to wheel his hot dogs from place to place, and until then, his selling Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.