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All aboard! Freshman entrepreneur creates his own summer job -- on the MTA

It's tough for high school kids to get a summer job. So Dennis Maloy '15 and his friend Nick Sackman created their own.

For the second year in a row, they're running a coffee and breakfast stand at the Philipse Manor train station in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

“We tried to think of where the money would be," Maloy told the Tarrytown Patch. "There’s only one thing that every parent does – drink coffee.”

So Maloy, who's entering Connecticut College this fall, and Sackman, his best friend and neighbor, started buying Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, muffins, water bottles, and other products in bulk from Sam’s club to sell to morning commuters, according to Patch.

They wake up at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday to set up their stand for the 6:28 a.m. train. Dedicated to serving the best coffee they can, they brew the coffee right before the train comes so that it is hot and fresh for their customers, according to Patch.

They told the Tarrytown Patch that the experience has changed their attitude towards money and business.

They are keeping track of their spending and profits using a Droid phone application called “EasyMoney.” They have focused more on advertising their business and are learning about the regulations and permits.

“Business is hard work,” said Sackman, who is entering Gettysburg College. One of the challenges was dealing with restrictions about sales on MTA property. “You have to deal with struggles and different kinds of people. We’ve come up against a lot, like people shutting us down. But this has prepared us for the future.”

Read the full story at the Tarrytown Patch.

August 17, 2011

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