Most ten-year-old children spend their spare time obsessing over Minecraft or trying to convince their parents to get them a hoverboard. Comparatively, most six-year-olds can barely focus on their LEGOs long enough to finish building something, let alone pick them up off the floor, as any parent whose stepped on one can tell you.

And then there’s Cory Nieves: This young entrepreneur started his own cookie business when he was only six-years-old. Cory is now the CEO and head of distribution of his own business called Mr. Cory’s Cookies. The dapper CEO sat down with Joanna Gagis on this edition of Life & Living with Joanna Gagis to discuss how he got his start — and how someone with a bedtime manages to run a successful business.

It all began with a wish for his mom: Cory wanted to raise money to buy her a car. So, he started selling hot chocolate and lemonade. Then started making cookies to go with it because, quite simply, “cookies go well with hot chocolate and lemonade,” he said.

“People starting doing stories on us and then a lot of TV shows wanted to do stories on me. Then they started going around the world and then people all over the world know me even in Germany,” said Cory.

Cory’s company started getting even more popular after he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “We started getting so many emails,” Cory said. “Then we knew we had to give cookies to people all around the world.” Because the cookies are made with no preservatives or artificial flavoring, they had to figure out a way to get his cookies to other countries. They decided to do cookie dough and are currently working on getting it ready to launch.

When asked how he balances school and running a company, Cory replies, “When I’m in school, my mom takes over and when I’m out of school and done with my homework, I come inside and do work — look at our financials, our balance statements, P and L.” (Yes, he knows all the business terms!)

For more on Mr. Cory’s Cookies — including how he plans on making the business a “billion-dollar company” — don’t miss this edition of Life & Living with Joanna Gagis.

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