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Marcus and Christoph Carola wanted to attend Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love event, but they just didn’t have the money to make the trip from Orlando to Dallas.
The two brothers had a few options: they could accept it or, as Americans have traditionally done, they could find a way to make it happen with hard work and a determined entrepreneurial spirit. They chose the latter and started a business, hoping to earn the money on their own, never once asking for someone else to give it to them — not even their parents.
They are just kids, you know.
The business owners, Marcus, 10, and Christoph, 13, opened up a lemonade stand in their backyard earlier this month, which just so happened to connect to a golf course that was hosting the Bay Hill Invitational of the PGA Tour. Seeing the valuable opportunity, they sprang into action.
Christoph said he and Marcus were up at sunrise and didn’t close up until the sun was on its way down, sometimes working about 11 hours each day, on their own free will. When all was said and done, the two boys had raised nearly $2,000 — more than enough to send them and their parents to Restoring Love. They even had money left over, but they say they plan on donating the rest to charity.
And the best part — they did it all without a government-issued permit.
TheBlaze caught up with the young entrepreneurs on Friday as they were working the Restoring Love lemonade stand at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, Texas where they agreed to share their inspiring story.
“I really look forward to it,” Marcus told TheBlaze, referring to the lemonade stand back home. “When you go outside, you’re like ‘yeah,’ and you feel energized and you want to do it because it’s fun, you know… And we made all our money to get here by ourselves.”
The boys’ father, Dominic Carola, nearly let his emotions get the better of him when he talked about just how proud he was of his sons.
“It is pretty awesome, I’ve got to admit. They did it all on their own,” he said. “I have to try not to get choked up.”
He continued: “I was just super impressed because they would get up super early, set up the stand themselves and it was unlike anything I’ve seen them do before,” he said. “And they’d have crowds out there and they did really, really well and before I knew it i had to go to Costco to pick up $300 worth of supplies, and then another $300 worth — they were just going through the stuff.”
Dominic told TheBlaze that what his sons did to get to Restoring Love is exactly what has always made the United States the greatest country in the world. It’s not about relying on the government for everything, he explained. It’s about helping yourself and helping those who can’t help themselves.
“They are learning everything about self-reliance, and if they need to purchase something or they want to do something, they’ve got to try to figure out how to get that money — no one is just going to give it to us.”
Even more impressive, Marcus and Christoph have also founded their own company “Marcus Works,” which develops video game ideas. Though the business has yet to generate any revenue, Marcus says they aren’t discouraged because even when you fail there is a lesson to be learned.
Dominic is the president of Premise Entertainment, a media-based production company specializing in story telling and character development for animation and live action productions, and though his business has seen tough times he wants his children to know that he did build his business, regardless of what President Barack Obama says — and they can build their own too.
“It was really hard to take,” Dominic said of Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remarks. “When you know what you’ve been through, the blood, sweat and tears, literally pouring your heart and soul into your business, it is just hard to hear that.”
He added that God is the only person who has a stake in his success, not the government and not the public roads, so he says the glory goes to Him.