Colorado Lawmakers Want To Cut Regulations On Businesses Run By Children

When Jennifer Knowles helped her three sons set up a lemonade stand in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood last summer, she thought she was teaching them about the joys of running a small business.

But then someone called the police and the stand was shut down because the family didn’t have the right permit.

Knowles told Denver 7 News that her children didn’t take it well.

“It made me want to cry, they were crying, they were so upset,” she said.

The incident troubled Democratic state Sen. Angela Williams, who represents the district where the lemonade stand was shut down.

“It’s actually kind of devastating to me, and I’m an adult,” Williams said earlier this month in her Capitol office.  “We are actually discouraging these kids. Their creativeness. Their entrepreneurship. I mean, these are actions — holding small businesses as young people — that can affect their lives moving forward.”

So Williams started working on a bill to let minors run businesses without a permit if the work doesn’t last longer than 84 days. When the bill faced its first test at a committee hearing last week, Williams invited several entrepreneurs to the Capitol to help get the legislation over the finish line.

Just outside the governor’s office, the children set up booths to show off their businesses.

Alexander Woods, 13, sells cotton candy at parks. But he always has to ask an HOA manager for permission first.

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