WACO, Texas (KWTX) A China Spring High School junior has won the grand prize as the Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year, beating out 10 other finalists in a coast-to-coast competition.
Marshall Adams. (Courtesy photo)
Marshall Adams was chosen by Baylor’s Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise as the top winner during a ceremony this week in the President’s Suite at McLane Stadium for the 2018 Baylor Youth Entrepreneur Award following the success he’s had as the founder of Texas Snow Waco, a mobile shaved ice stand.
“Today was AMAZING!” Marshall posted on social media.
“I was up against some amazing young entrepreneurs. I had no idea that I would win, much less receive 1st place! “
Marshall started Texas Snow Waco in July of 2017 and has grown his business since, catering many private parties, setting up at local Little League fields and even schools.
But the road to success hasn’t come without challenges for the young business owner, who pretty much runs a one-man show.
"I thought I'd be able to just roll up and make some cones. Little did I know that there would be so many other factors that go into owning your own business,” Marshall said.
“Not only am I the guy who handcrafts your shaved ice when you place your order, I'm also the CEO making sure all the orders are filled and supplies are purchased, official taste tester, banker, social media guy, marketing guy , and janitor."
Marshall’s family says he will also be the first Youth Entrepreneur to join the Waco Chamber of Commerce.
A ceremony to honor the high schooler will also be held later this month in front of China High School.
“I’m overwhelmed and humbled with this honor! Thanks to all my Shaved Ice fans who have been supporting me and my business! I look forward to serving you all soon!”