Minneapolis health dept. decided to help — not shut down — teen who needed permit for hot dog stand

Teri Webster

Jaequan Faulkner, a 13-year-old from Minneapolis, Minnesota, had a booming hot dog stand until a complaint with the health department threatened to shut it down.

“It puts pride in me to see that I’m doing something good for the community,” the teen entrepreneur said in a report touting the success of his pop-up business called Mr. Faulkner’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs.

Success almost turned into strife when Faulkner was told he needed a permit to run the hot dog stand outside of his home. But instead of shutting him down, Minneapolis city officials decided to help the teen get the permit he needed to run his business.

“When I realized what it was, I said, ‘No, we’re not going to just go and shut him down’ like we would an unlicensed vendor,” Minneapolis environmental health director Dan Huff reportedly said. “We can help him get the permit. Let’s make this a positive thing and help him become a business owner.”

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