July 27, 2013
A true look at small business started Saturday at the Charlottesville City Market where five kids had their first day as an on-foot courier service for shoppers.
It is Takeem Brock's first job and Saturday was his first day working for the Rick Shaw Cartage Service. It's a brand new service to help city market shoppers.
"That's the highlight of the day for me just watching them get out here and volunteering and helping people," said Dede Gilbert, who created the group Kids Making a Change and also helped start this small business with local businessman and city council candidate Bob Fenwick.
The goal is to teach kids about courtesy, work ethic and saving money.
"It's hard work and a lot of responsibility," said Brock, who will be 13-years-old next month.
From 5- to 12-years-old, the five kids were decked out in bright yellow T-shirts ready to carry and load up shoppers bags for tips.
"It's a rush because you're helping people and it's a pretty easy way to make money," said Brock.
But not all of it is easy.
"There were times when they would ask people if they needed help and they would get rejected but then someone would come along who needed their help and tip them really great," said Gilbert.
Takeem says he doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up yet but he's proud to say he does have a first job.
"I'm going to brag to my mom because she told me to get a job."
And Gilbert says there might be a lot of new Rick Shaw employees next weekend to help out.
"They have siblings and now the other siblings are going to want to come next Saturday so I have to figure this out!" Gilbert said.