Business Name: The Bowtie Guy
Since I was little I always knew I was an entrepreneur, I remember selling frozen kool-aid in my churches dining room when I was around 8 or 9. Like most great things in my life my business, The Bowtie Guy, was inspired from the roots of my church.
My name is Michael Thompson, a 15 year old African American CEO of the “The Bowtie Guy”. Growing up at Emmanuel Church of our Lord and Jesus Christ meant that you were expected to come to church in your best form. Easter Sunday especially was the Sunday young boys were meant to dress their absolute nicest. It was finally Easter time and I decided that I was going to try something new and wear a bow tie. It took me virtually all night to learn how to tie the bow tie and I must confess I did cry a l little ( I was only 9! ). After that one Sunday of wearing a bow tie I just knew that bow ties were destined to belong on my neck.
After a couple of years of buying bow ties I just wanted a bow tie for every outfit I had and the only thinking stopping me from doing just that was their hefty price. Also, after shopping around I noticed that the bow tie designs were all really conservative and not very fun or eye popping. That’s when I looked online on how to start making bow ties. First, my sister laughed at me when I brought out the sewing machine nobody had touched in years and she tried to convince me that I was no good for sewing. At first she was right because I didn’t make my first decent bow tie until I screwed up nearly 20 of them .
Once I learned how to make the bow ties nice nobody could stop me! Every weekend I was at JoAnns fabrics store looking for new fabric. After about a month I had about 20 bow ties made.
Going into my sophomore year of high school I moved to a new state. It was a very awkward transition because people really only knew me as the black kid. It wasn’t until a couple months into school that people noticed that I wore a bow tie just about twice a week to school and the n I went from the black kid to the Bowtie Guy. People at school literally called me the Bowtie Guy and asked me where I got my bow ties from and when I told them I made it, it blew their minds. That’s where the epic idea of making bow ties originated.
I’m still getting use to this whole business thing but so far I love it. I just recently created an online website to sale my bowties from and I still sell them at school. My mom and sister help me out with my orders sometimes because I get backed up with school and drill team. But I love having my own business, its something that I feel more young people should try because it teaches great responsibility and it’s a lot of fun. I’m still trying to advertise more and find more customers for my bow ties. Since I love sewing so much in the future I can see myself opening up my own line of clothes! Making and selling bow ties is just the start! The Bowtie Guy is my life and I have so much love for my business!
The most rewarding part of being a business owner is being able to see people walk around with my product one, I can see the boost of confidence it gives them. Putting all the work and energy in my business is so rewarding and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Seeing smiles and hearing customers telling people about the bow tie I made for this is just so amazing! I love to see outfits people combine with my bow ties and how creative they get! Just the fact of knowing that someone gets to be creative and confident because of me makes the Bowtie Guy Business all worth it. God bless.