Business visit | Aria’s Cookies & Confections, LLC
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This morning, Edwardsville CEO experienced a first! Our young entrepreneurs had the privilege to meet and hear the story of Ms.Aria Burnside, a 17-year old teen entrepreneur.
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Aria's story highlights the inescapable truth that traditional school is not for everyone or every student.
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After years of struggling in school, Aria’s mother, Ms. Charmian Aaron, chose to leave the corporate world and home school Aria. During this transition from public school to home school, Aria discovered a new passion…baking!
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Aria’s small side hustle of baking delicious cookies and confections for friends and family quickly caught fire in our community:
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🌠⭐🌠 St. Louis Magazine https://www.stlmag.com/dining/st-louis-teenager-launches-aria%E2%80%99s-cookies-and-confections/

🌠⭐🌠 The Edwardsville Intelligencer https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Aria-s-Cookies-Confections-works-to-ensure-16379411.php

🌠⭐🌠 The Telegraph https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Aria-s-Cookies-and-Confections-bakery-coming-16559708.php
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Today, Aria, along with her fabulous co-owner (her mother!), balances her business alongside a full home-schooling load. Her beautiful brick and mortar bakery is projected to open this May 2022 at EastGate Plaza in Alton!
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A few tips from Aria and Ms. Aaron to our entrepreneurs:

🍪It is imperative to establish a schedule for yourself, especially when you are a student balancing running a business.
🍪 Any business owner must recognize that you are going to have to make sacrifices.
🍪 Recognize your gifts and stick with them!
🍪 Seek reviews from all of your customers from the beginning
🍪 DO IT! If you have an idea and you want to do it…DO IT! Enlist the help of the people around you that are in your corner. Pour your heart into it and don’t look back!
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A huge thank you to Ms. Aria and Ms. Charmian for welcoming us this morning, sharing your store and the DELICIOUS cookies! We cannot wait to watch what the next few months have in store for you!!
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https://www.cookiesbyaria.com/


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