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Take One Guess What Government Did After Reading 11-Year-Old Cupcake Entrepreneur's Inspiring Success Story


No permit from government, no business.

Credit: Heather Dix Stirling (via Facebook)

An 11-year-old entrepreneur’s hard work resulted in some well-deserved attention from local media in Troy, Ill. In fact, Chloe Stirling’s cupcake business made the front page of the Belleville News-Democrat on Sunday, making her success story the talk of the town.

Unfortunately, officials with the Madison County Health Department also read the story on Stirling’s cupcake business. The local government officials then decided there was only one reasonable response: Shut her down.

The health department informed the Stirling family that the 11-year-old girl can no longer sell cupcakes because she doesn’t have the required permit, putting her in violation of the county’s food ordinance and Illinois State Food Sanitation Code.

Credit: Heather Dix Stirling (via Facebook)

Credit: Heather Dix Stirling (via Facebook)

Credit: Heather Dix Stirling (via Facebook)

Credit: Heather Dix Stirling (via Facebook)

Stirling, a sixth-grader at Triad Middle School, reportedly started her cake and cupcake business about two years ago to earn her own money. Her mom told her she’d match the amount her daughter saves by the time she’s 16 for her first car.

The girl also runs her own pet-sitting business called “No Bones About It” and maintains about a dozen year-round clients. It seems clear she has the entrepreneurial spirit in her blood.

It’s unclear if the local government will interfere with her other business too.

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