8 year old Canadian “Kidprenuer” has launched his business creating one of a kind step-stools that are nontoxic and sustainable. If you thought that was good, hes donating $10 of each purchase to help the families affected by childhood cancer.
Owen’s company Nice Bench Co, started when he decided to make and paint his little sister a bench. His grandparents and aunts loved the bench so much that it fueled Owen to make more. He built 12 more from scrap wood on Christmas day!
The wood for the benches at Nice Bench Co comes to them in air-dried rough-hewn planks harvested from a neighbors private sustainable Forrest in Novar, Ontario, Canada.Owen’s dad cuts the planks to size before Owen planes, routers and assembles with a drill, screws and glue. The detail-oriented young CEO then glues wooden plugs to cover each of the screw holes. Each “nice bench”, as Owen calls them, is then sanded and finished with biodegradable, zero VOC milk paint. Canadian manufacturer Homestead House Paint Co. generously donates some of the milk paint for Owen’s kidpreneur enterprise. Owen gives each bench another careful sanding before sealing with Homestead House Paint Co.’s hemp oil or bees wax. The standard color palette was selected by Owen and his mother, who oversees production and quality. Owen’s older brother gives the final look over before signing off.
The Nice Bench Co was launched on Facebook in April 2017, and the first sale was celebrate 20 days later. Since then Owen has run out of wood twice. He has been able to donate $150.00 in gas cards to The Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC), helping to offset travel expenses for Northern families traveling to and from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
When Owen is asked about his goals for the business, he simply says “I want to be on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and start a charity to help children with cancer”.
Owen’s benches are handmade and a one-of-a-kind 100% Product of Canada.
Childhood cancer research is severely underfunded, with only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget spent on children’s cancer research in the U.S., and just 3% in Canada. Owen hopes he can help change those stats and bring greater awareness to childhood cancer.