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John Deere tractor key to boy's entrepreneurial success

Posted by Green Fun Store on 1/12/2011 to Current News/Events of John Deere
With snow falling in 49 out of 50 U.S. states right now - even Hawaii hasn't escaped the cold front - a young entrepreneur in St. Louis decided that instead of playing video games on his snow day off from school, he would use his John Deere tractor to plow his neighbors out from the snow.

At 12 years old, Max Nissen is a precocious youngster with a knack for business. He affirms that he understands business principles and though he is too young to drive a car, he is old enough to make a difference. During the snow blast this week, Nissen saw an opportunity to not only make some money, but also help his neighbors. Nissen hopped on his John Deere tractor and plowed out his snowed-in neighbors - for a price.

He charges $25 to each customer and plows their sidewalks and driveways; on a good day, he told KSDK TV that he can make upward of $200 using his prized tractor. The tractor, a Christmas gift from his parents, was initially viewed with skepticism by some of his neighbors, until he used it to shovel them out of the snowstorm.

Michelle Harris, a neighbor, said that she at first thought the tractor "was kind of a ridiculous Christmas present for a boy to get," but quickly changed her opinion when he "started a business venture." Nissen says his business success has piqued the interest of his friends, who are planning their own shoveling businesses.