NewsDepth A+ Start-Up Kids: Josh Ruminski

BEFORE WE GO WE’VE GOT OUR A PLUS TO GIVE OUT. THIS ONE GOES TO ANOTHER START UP KID – ONE WHO’S LIGHTING UP THE MARKETPLACE WITH HIS BUSINESS IDEA.

MEET JOSH RUMINSKI. 

JOSH: “I’M JOSH RUMINSKI; I’M THE FOUNDER AND OWNER OF HAPPY THOUGHTS CANDLE COMPANY.”

JOSH DECIDED HE WANTED TO START A CANDLE BUSINESS A YEAR AGO, WHEN HE WAS 16.  HIS PARENTS WERE SKEPTICAL, BUT AFTER HE MADE HIS FIRST SALES AT A LOCAL CRAFT SHOW, THEY WERE CONVINCED HE WAS SERIOUS.

NOW; JOSH’S MOM AND DAD ARE FULLY ON BOARD, AND THE CANDLE MAKING PROCESS HAS BECOME A FAMILY AFFAIR.  JOSH SAYS HIS PARENTS ARE HIS BIGGEST SUPPORTERS, WHICH IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE HE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND FOR HIS CANDLES WITHOUT THEM!

JOSH SELLS HIS CANDLES AT 3 STORES AND AT CRAFT SHOWS AROUND OHIO.  HE ALSO SELLS THEM ONLINE THROUGH A WEBSITE HE DESIGNED HIMSELF.

BUT THIS BUSINESS IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST SELLING GREAT-SMELLING CANDLES.  JOSH IS COMMITTED TO MAKING THE WORLD A MORE COMPASSIONATE PLACE, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.  HE PUTS INSPIRING QUOTES ON EACH CANDLE LABEL, AND HE DONATES 20 PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS FROM EVERY CANDLE SALE TO A SUICIDE PREVENTION CHARITY. 

JOSH: “AND THESE ARE TOMATO SAUCE CANS, AND THAT TOMATO SAUCE GETS DONATED TO A HOMELESS MINISTRY TOO.”

WELL, WE LOVE TO SEE BUSINESSES WITH A HEART, SO A BIG A-PLUS TO JOSH AND HIS HAPPY THOUGHTS CANDLES COMPANY!

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