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Ben “Rise and Shine” Weissenstein started a business before he started school and he wants to help others do the same.

We found Ben 15 years after The Houston Chronicle snapped a photo of him and his lemonade stand. In those 15 years, he has started two successful companies and has been featured on Fox News, Dr. Phil, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Now he’s 20 years old and he owns the highest ranking garage sale business in the world (according to Google). Ben also just added “Author” to his already eclectic entrepreneurial career.

Today, I finally got a hold of Ben to talk with him about why he thinks young people need to read his book.

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Every kid has started a lemonade stand. Usually it’s not front page news. But, at the age of four, Ben Weissenstein was featured on the cover of The Houston Chronicle, touting lemonade for 25 cents a cup. Ben only earned a few dollars that day, but he came away with a thirst for entrepreneurship that motivates him to this day.

When Ben was 14, he helped his mom with a garage sale. She suggested that he could help friends and neighbors sell and organize their extra junk. So Ben and his friend started a business. In a few years, Grand Slam Garage Sales had expanded to offer more services and employ over thirty part-time workers.

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Just because you start a business, doesn’t mean you’re an entrepreneur. In fact, I consider a very small percentage of business owners to be entrepreneurs.

There are four distinct types of start-up ventures: non-profit organizations, lifestyle businesses, salary-substitute businesses and entrepreneurial businesses.

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