How 14-year-old Rachel Zietz built a $1 million company
Her lacrosse equipment company is on track to top $1 million in revenue after launching less than two years ago. Gladiator Lacrosse products are the top-rated in their category on Amazon.com, above bigger, better-known brands.
But when Rachel arrived at the party where finalists were announced, things got a little awkward.
“They handed out free cocktail coupons, so I went to the bar and asked for a Sprite,” she said.
After all, she’s only 14.
Rachel has spent her whole life learning about entrepreneurship from her parents, Sam and Sheila Zietz. The couple started Boca Raton-based point-of-sale system provider TouchSuite, one of South Florida’s fastest-growing companies.
“I’ve always treated the kids like they were adults, almost like a peer,” Sam Zietzsaid. “They can do anything. … I’ve encouraged them not to have any ceiling preset.”
In seventh grade, Rachel signed up for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, an extracurricular program for sixth- to 12th-graders offered by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
The program taught her to build a business plan around a need in her own life. A skilled lacrosse player who now plays on the varsity squad at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Rachel knew she needed better practice equipment.
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