10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Cleans Up

By Ike Wilson
The Frederick News-Post, Md.

Three years ago, Julia Schillaci, who was 7 at the time, was watching “Shark Tank” with her parents — a television show that features people who pitch their products to get money to start a business.

The show sparked Julia’s interest in starting a business of her own.

“My parents told me I was too young and to wait until I got older,” Julia said. “I said, ‘No. I want to start right now.'”

Julia’s mother, Beth Schillaci, said, “We let it go for a little bit, but she was very persistent. We looked into it and soap seemed to be a fun thing.”

Today, 10-year-old Julia is founder and chief creative officer of SoapPrizes — a 3-year-old soap-making business. She shared her story and her soap Saturday at Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts in downtown Frederick.

“It’s much harder to do business than it looks,” Julia said, “especially if it’s your business you start.”

Getting exposure and sales are hard, Julia said.

“We do social media, and at Christmas- time, we do gifts,” Julia said.

Julia’s teachers know they’ll be getting soap for Christmas, Schillaci said.

Julia’s parents manage day-to-day marketing, operations and production, since melting soap can get a little hot, and she needs to learn long division before she can manage the balance sheet, Schillaci said.

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