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Nebraska Mother Quits Her Job to Help 17-Year-Old Son Pursue His Dream of Opening Rolled Ice Cream Business

a’Ron Burns, 17 years old, makes rolled ice cream at his store, Roll-N-Sweetz. (Bella Caracta)

This week a 17-year-old, still in high school, opened his own brick-and-mortar ice cream shop.

Roll-N-Sweetz in North Omaha serves ice cream, sweets, and inspiration for all those who want to chase their dreams.

a’Ron Burns is hard at work this summer. He’s a high school student, entrepreneur, and business owner.

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This weekend he opened North Omaha’s new summer sanctuary: Roll n’ Sweetz. The shop is a subsidiary of the Burns Family LLC, of which he’s the president. With the support of his mom, mentors, and investors, he created a business that he believes fills a void in North Omaha.

“We are not just for ice cream, but also to be a place for people to come and feel safe at. I think a safe place in North Omaha was bound. It was needed because in our streets, in our communities, we really don’t have it,” said a’Ron.

He also finds this fulfilling. If it weren’t for entrepreneurship, he would have pursued a career in criminal justice. But he says entrepreneurship gives him an opportunity to connect with people on a different level.

“With entrepreneurship, I can provide jobs, I can provide peace, I can provide comfort. And with ice cream, it’s also an emotional support food. So, it also would help me connect to people who are going through things I might not know, but the ice cream might help,” said a’Ron.

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