11yo entrepreneur finds ‘heartwarming’ support in regional SA with dog treat business

Timothy Hill

Buddy the staffy cross is Ollie Jabs’s ideal mate and 1 of the factors the 11-year-outdated has started off a pet dog address enterprise in his regional neighborhood.

Following examining a ebook about investments, two times, the younger Riverland entrepreneur discovered a hole in the community market and begun Buddy’s Bites.

“There have been a pair of suggestions in the reserve for enterprises like washing cars, building clothing and then I imagined of Buddy,” Ollie mentioned.

“I commenced creating dog treats for him [just to enjoy at home] and then other persons preferred them.

“It went from Buddy to family members and good friends … to a organization.”

A boy in a port adelaide jumper holds a plastic bag which has Buddy's Bites written on it, the bag contains small biscuits
Ollie exhibits off his solution, which he was influenced to create by his finest mate.(ABC Riverland: Sophie Landau)

Family affair

Ollie’s mum Ally Beth sourced the dog deal with recipe and mentioned supporting her younger son’s enterprise concept was a “no-brainer”.

“We educate Buddy to do a lot of neat tricks so he does consume a whole lot of treats,” she said.

“For me, I considered if he was consuming so quite a few, it can be significant to make sure they were healthy treats.

“At the time Ollie shared them with good friends and relatives, then they commenced chatting to their friends and it just went gangbusters.”

Ollie was overcome with orders after sharing his business in a community get, swap, market team, but Ms Beth said it was heartwarming to see support from their wider local community.

“I put it up a few of weekends in the past and that is when it really went off,” she mentioned.

“Possibly it could be a potential profession for Ollie.”

Ollie in the kitchen
Ollie makes the healthy treats in his personal kitchen area, with some help from his loved ones.(Provided: Ally Beth)

The young entrepreneur mentioned his recipe was a trade secret, but exposed flax mill and pumpkin have been two of the important elements.

“When you blend it all up, it turns into dough and then you roll it out and we cut it with a bone-formed cookie cutter,” Ollie claimed.

“Then my sister Claudia allows with stamping the ‘BBs’ on the close of each biscuit. She’s definitely speedy.”

An old black dog wears a red collar and lays on green grass with a jar of dog treats
This pup is a pleased consumer and enjoys nibbling on the wholesome treats Ollie sells. (Supplied: Ally Beth)

Shiny ideas require support 

Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship main govt Matt Pfahlert mentioned it was crucial younger regionally dependent individuals like Ollie were supported in an educational setting.

Mr Pfahlert states a significant hole exists in between a younger man or woman getting a dazzling plan and currently being supported in their schooling to start their individual company.

“We’re seriously excellent at numeracy and literacy and we get started that at the earliest point in time and we establish on people foundational competencies right all through their school life,” he claimed. 

“But, we don’t do that with the expertise related to entrepreneurship or company schooling.”

Mr Pfahlert suggests social organization organizations that goal to remedy a dilemma in the group or surroundings are a terrific possibility for youthful business owners to get started out. 

“Social enterprise is that wonderful double option where by youthful persons are mastering those people capabilities of how to be entrepreneurial … but also they’re contributing to troubles they care about.”

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