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“Young Entrepreneur” of the month: Emma Browning

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) —  Each month, ABC 21 partners with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana to showcase ‘Young Entrepreneurs’ in our area.

For June, we introduced Emma Browning, 21, and her business: Emmie’s Flower Cart.

It’s a mobile, self-serving flower cart where you walk up and pick any flowers you want to create a bouquet. They’re priced by the stem.

Afterward, they wrap the bouquet up for you and send you on your way.

It’s usually set up on Saturday mornings on Wayne Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

The business is owned by Emma, but it is really a family affair.

“At the end of the day, they really help me so much and I really couldn’t do it without them, seriously. So, I’m really thankful for my family,” Emma proclaimed.

The family got the idea when they saw a flower truck in Nashville. They decided to bring the idea back to Fort Wayne.

Emma said that it’s meant to help her pay for her nursing courses at the University of Saint Francis, but it has another purpose.

“A lot of people say ‘this just makes me so happy,’ and that’s just really what we want. We want people to come to the cart and just feel happy,” Emma said. “I know it sounds cliche to say, but yeah, experience the creativeness of putting together a bouquet and making it their own.”

She hopes that one day they can expand the business into something bigger.

The cart travels all over, but you’ll be able to see it at the Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneurs MarketPlace at Freimann Square on July 20th.

The marketplace is a new initiative JA set up for students in the area under 21. Any student who has their own business can sign up to have a booth at the marketplace where they can sell their items to the public.

It’s an official event at the Three Rivers Festival.

Emma plans to use it as an opportunity to inspire the younger entrepreneurs who take part.

“Just to see, kind of, what you can do with your dreams, and if you dream big, it’s so cliche to say that, but if you dream big then you can have whatever you want,” Emma said.

Rex Smith

Rex is the Weekend Morning Anchor at ABC 21.
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