Kathryn Birky is already an amazing Woman Entrepreneur even though she is still in college. In fact she became an entrepreneur at the age of 12, when she and her brother decided to launch a lawn mowing business, using a lawn mower powered by a pony!! Yes, Kathryn’s business was “green” long before “being green” was cool!
Over the years, Kathryn’s entrepreneurial passion for the environment has caused her to receive international attention. She was even selected to represent the US at the United Nation’s International Children’s Conference on the Environment!
Kathryn’s devotion to environmentally conscious entrepreneurship continues to this day. In an article in the Mennonite Weekly Review, Kathryn explained her current aspiration to become an independent environmental writer, ” If I can convince individual readers to make their everyday decisions with this awareness in mind, their united actions will create a greener world and a brighter future.”
Kathryn recently received a $24,000 scholarship from the National Association for Self-Employed based on the business plan for her lawn mowing enterprise and her experience running it for her entire teenage years. Scholarships are open to all children of NASE members.
This is a heartwarming story of a young woman using her intuition, her passion and her talent to make the world a better place. She is an inspiration for all Women Entrepreneurs who want to make a difference as well as make a living.
As Kathryn states, “An entrepreneur is a visionary: they see opportunities for improvement in a society that other people haven’t noticed yet.”