Open for Enterprise: Central Illinois teen opens retailer, juggles entrepreneurship and senior yr

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Open for Enterprise: Central Illinois teen opens retailer, juggles entrepreneurship and senior yr


WILLIAMSFIELD, Ailing. (WMBD) – At 17-years-old, Hayden Beard isn’t your typical teenager. 

“I’ve received cows to feed each morning. So, I get up, feed my calves, come right here and be open by 8:15 a.m. Then [I] go to highschool and be again right here [to] do hands-on labor,” he mentioned.

The Williamsfield Excessive College senior owns his personal enterprise – Beard’s Feed Retailer.

“I imply it’s been a very long time coming and I can’t be happier that it’s really right here.”hayden beardHaving grown up on a farm influenced Beard vastly, he mentioned.

“I understand how to have a very good work ethic. I do know what hands-on labor appears to be like like. It’s positively ready me for this chance,” he mentioned.

As an entrepreneur and a scholar, Beard juggles his time operating the provision retailer by himself within the morning, going to highschool for 3 hours within the afternoon, after which going again to work.

And, he’s getting class credit score for his real-life, work experiences.

“I like it. I really like each second of it. I really like being on the farm. I really like being with my cattle. I really like being right here. I get to assist my group. That’s my greatest factor,” he mentioned.

Beard credit a lot of his retailer’s profitable launch to the college district, the Hopedale Agri-Heart, and the Williamsfield Younger Entrepreneur Program.

In Could 2020, earlier than he even had a driver’s license, Beard created a marketing strategy with a projected funds, then utilized to this system. 

The group helped him discover an outdated Legion Corridor to deliver Beard’s Feed Retailer to life. After in depth renovations, Beard formally opened up store on Jan. 8.

“There’s nothing I can’t do, I really feel like.”hayden beard“You’ve set to work to get what you need. You already know, so I’ve received huge goals. So I’ve to begin younger. I need to begin farming with my brother and to have the ability to afford to try this, I imply, I’ve to be busting my butt whereas he’s busting his,” Beard mentioned.

Subsequent yr, Beard plans to attend Western Illinois College. He’s contemplating going to highschool for legislation or to turn into an authorized public accountant. Sooner or later, he desires to be farming alongside his older brother, Easton.

Beard’s Feed Retailer is situated at 103 W. Gale St. in Williamsfield.



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