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This Teen Runs a Six-Figure Business & Landed His Bow Ties in Neiman Marcus

By on Mar 9, 2015 in Awesome Boys | 26 comments

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Moziah Bridges is amazing. At the tender age of 11, he founded Mo’s Bows, a Memphis-based fashion company that sells colorful, handcrafted bow ties for men and boys.

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In just five years, Moziah has grown his company to five employees (including his mom), and more than $200,000 in revenues while he’s gotten a ton of media attention from major outlets like Forbes, Inc, O Magazine, and Vogue.

Last year Moziah and his mom appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank to ask for investors in his growing business, but he left with something even better: a mentor.

Although FUBU founder and Shark Tank star Daymond John refused to invest in the company (because he knew Mo was already doing great things), John offered to take the teen under his wing and is teach the young CEO how to take Mo’s Bows to a whole new level.

Even more inspiring? Daymond’s leadership has inspired Moziah to give back as well.

On his blog, Moziah explains just how important his relationship with John has been:

I like to say that I was the real winner of Shark Tank because I got something more valuable than money. I got Daymond.

Having a mentor is important because I get to learn from the best of the best, and because he gives me insight on what the fashion world is really like.

…One day, I hope I can be as great of a mentor to someone else as Daymond has been to me.

Recently, Shark Tank shared an update on Mo’s Bows and its awesome founder.

Take a look.

 

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26 Comments

    • Lydia W.

      March 11, 2015

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      Love it, love it, love it. Wonderful news to hear of our young black men are doing something positive. Thirteen years old with a six figure business and has bettered the community by employing others. Congrats Moziah and Mom. To Mr. Daymond, thanks for stepping up and choosing to be a mentor to this young man. We need to see and hear more of this. This young man has raised the standard for other young black men and women. I pray God continue to bless you in all that you put your hands to and remain humble.

    • Peter

      March 11, 2015

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      How about our young men both black and white,Latino oriental, all children. They all need our help.

      • Britni

        March 11, 2015

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        Hi Peter,

        Thanks for reading! You’re more than welcome to start a platform targeted at uplifting all kids, but this space is about boys of color.

        Thanks!

        • Elle

          March 11, 2015

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          thank you! they’re ‘always’ trolling on black websites…i swear white people are compulsively ‘obsessed’ with us…they just can’t keep us out of their minds,or their mouths(and comments)…smh

        • William

          April 16, 2015

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          We all have color Britni. “boys of color” is a racially segregating and hurtful term.

          • Britni

            April 17, 2015

            If you don’t understand the historical significance of “of color” I can’t help you. Seriously.

            Also, I’m not sure why you feel the need to constantly comment in the space about how “segregating” it is. Clearly the mission and vision isn’t something you agree with. You can move on now. Thanks.

  1. Fedora

    March 11, 2015

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    I am really appreciative of Brown Boy Gensis for their positive platform for our young brown boys. Its so sad that mainstream media outlets make no room for all the positives coming from and through our brown boys.

    • Deshea

      March 13, 2015

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      Beautiful. …… 100% positive and just plain Ole beautiful. God bless this young man. Just think he raised $50,000 on his own. There Is NO Limit IN THE sky.. Grow ON YOUNG man. Nothing like a good mentor.

    • William

      April 16, 2015

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      Its so sad that mainstream media outlets make no room for all the positives coming from and through our white and yellow boys.

      • Britni

        April 17, 2015

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        Umm…there are no shortage of positive stories about white kids in the mainstream media.

  2. Ty

    March 11, 2015

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    He’s only 13, and he’s more dressed for success than me!

    I better get my act together!

  3. Stevens

    March 11, 2015

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    Thats wonderful..am glad and inspired when i get such wonderful ideas..

  4. Sabra

    April 2, 2015

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    Listen to what Daymond tells you about people–especially those who don’t mean you well. You’ll make mistakes, but trust in the mistakes others have made. Stay focused! Your bowties are fabulous!

  5. Tom Hunt

    December 23, 2015

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    Truly inspiring!

    At such a young age, he’s achieved so much that even most adults couldn’t even grasp.

    Britni, thanks for having this content. This should tell stories to aspiring entrepreneurs that even young teens could do it, if you’re just passionate about what you’re doing and committed to it.

    Cheers,
    Tom

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