Teen Social Entrepreneur Leaves His Mark On The World
Henry Miller launched his social venture (with a little help from his parents) at age eleven. He’s never looked back.
His company, Henry’s Humdingers, makes all natural condiments using raw honey. He recently appeared on Shark Tank.
He shared his story with me:
It all happened one day when me and my mom got on a plane and sat next to this bee farmer. He talked about helping bees and the dreadful hive collapse disorder. He told me humans couldn’t live seven years if bees disappeared. We wouldn’t have enough food because the bees wouldn’t be there to pollinate the corn or the wheat or even tomatoes. OK, I don’t like tomatoes, but I know we need them for stuff like pizza. At the end of the flight my mom said we could get bees and I could start my own company. I told her, Henry’s Humdingers. She laughed and called my dad and now its a real-life thing. The more I learn about bees the more interesting I think they are. Did you know only the old bees collect pollen? I love bees and all the good they do and it makes me crazy to think about all the bad things happening to them. It’s just ughhh, so I am donating part of what I make to my friends over at The Foundation For the Preservation of Honey Bees.
On July 18, 2014 at 7:00 Eastern, Henry will join me for a live discussion about his remarkable journey and his passion for using business to leave his mark on the world. Tune in right here to watch the interview live.
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More about Henry’s Humdingers:
Henry’s Humdingers is a quirky, imaginative food products company aimed at offering high quality, moderately priced, always unusual foods using only natural ingredients. Henry’s Humdingers is raw, natural condiment. Made of raw honey & spices. Henry’s Humdingers line has 4 different unique blends. Grumpy Grandpa made with honey, red pepper & garlic, Naughty Nana is a spicy ginger mixture, Phoebe’s Fireball is a combination of chipotle & cinnamon and Diabolical Dad features habanero & lime.
When I was 11 years-old living on a farm in Western Washington, I learned about Colony Collapse Disorder from a beekeeper. I asked for a beehive for my birthday because I wanted to make a difference. So I started selling honey by the side of the road to raise money. Then I started adding spices to make my honey different from other raw honeys. My main goal was to help save the bees – and our family farm – so a portion of the proceeds are donated to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.
Recently, I was on ABC’s Shark Tank which has completely changed my business. Now people are excited to try my products and my business is really taking off.
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