Detroit Free Press | www.freep.com | Monday, February 27, 2006 | Business
FREE PRESS COLUMNIST CAROL CAIN:
Writers encourage kids to start businesses
Jay Arrington and Michael Harper, both of Detroit, co-wrote "The Little Entrepreneur Takes Flight," about kids who started businesses.
Is an entrepreneur born or made?
Listening to Jay Arrington, you can't help but believe most kids are born with a natural tendency toward entrepreneurship and a desire to be innovative.
What often happens, he says, is as they grow older, they lose that tendency because of a lack of encouragement from their families, schools and communities.
Arrington thinks that's a shame, which is why he and fellow Detroiter Michael Harper co-wrote "The Little Entrepreneur Takes Flight." It tells the stories of six kids who follow their dreams and start businesses. The $9.95 book is recommended for kids 8 and older. It's the latest offering from their publishing firm, Harper-Arrington Media in Detroit.
"It's about the power to become anything you dream," Arrington says. "We're both natural-born entrepreneurs," Arrington says of his business partner, whom he met in school years ago. As a teen, Arrington bought comic books and took them to school to sell. Harper used to draw comics and sell them. In 1999 the duo started a clothing line, Jajuan Michael, that sold hip urban clothes to area stores. When the economy soured in 2001 and their investors decided to go another way, the duo decided to shift their focus to publishing.
With their knowledge of running a garment company, they published three books in 2004: "The Official Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Clothing Line: Volume 1," "The Reality of Owning Your Own Clothing Line: Volume 2" and "How to Effectively Sell Your Clothing to Retailers."
The books are available at www.harperarringtonmedia.com and Borders, by special order.
Contact Harper Arrington Media at 888-435-9234 .
CAROL CAIN hosts "Michigan Matters" on WWJ-TV (Channel 62) 11 a.m. Sundays and WKBD-TV (Channel 50) 9:30 a.m. Sundays. If you have information about your business, mail it to Small Business, Detroit Free Press, 600 W. Fort St., Detroit 48226, fax it to 313-222-5992 or e-mail clcain@freepresscom.