Portsmouth Boy, 9, Owns and Operates Vending Company

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- What were most of us doing at 9 years old?

Girls were playing with babies and that Easy-Bake Oven. Guys were riding bikes and in Cub Scouts.

What we were not doing is running our own business. WSAZ.com found a CEO who has to be in by dark.

Along with a full slate of soccer, Cub Scouts, 4-H (and don’t forget his studies), Colin Bennington goes to his 12 month a year, flexible but full-time job.

But stocking vending machines and honor boxes, alongside his transportation director and grandfather Dan Bennington, is just one of the duties of the 9-year-old president and owner of CB Vending.

Colin explained the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.

"Sometimes it might be tough," he said. "The doors and hinges stick.
Sometimes they might need some work, but most of the time it's easy and fun."

Papaw Dan tells us, “He can unlock the machines and stock and collect the money, count it and fill out his ledger."

Dan says his boss, who does it all, paid off the company's initial investment through the "Bank of Papaw" in just four months.

Colin says CB Vending can stock even more snacks and pop when they finish renovating a recently purchased garage. And one of the perks of Colin's vending route through Scioto County: a hug from a very proud mom.

So, what does the boss want to do when he grows up?

“I think I’ll stick with vending for a while," Colin says.
Michelle Ramey said, “He should make a lot of money, so he can support his Mama.”

And with this company president, that may be next year -- at the ripe old age of 10.

At first, Colin wanted to go into the furniture business. Then, it was a Sno-Cone stand.

He eventually settled on vending, maybe because his transportation director Papaw did some coin-op work when he was young.

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