Hi, my name is Mark, and I’m the owner and founder of Earthen Crystals. I began Earthen Crystals in 2015 when I was 17 years old. I've always been amazed by the business world and the opportunities that exist for those with the drive to succeed. I knew that I wanted to study business for the long term, and planned to eventually own my own business. At this time, an amazing opportunity presented itself during my last two years of high school — the Entrepreneurship Academy.
I jumped at the opportunity to get involved with business professionals in my area. From small business owners and startup companies to business incubators and accelerators, and investors, I knew there would be great opportunities for me to learn and network. I was beyond happy to learn that I was one of the students who was selected from 12 different school districts participating in the pilot program.
During the summer between my junior and senior year of high school, there was a welcome event for all of the students chosen to participate in the program. We were given the opportunity to take accelerated classes on key skills needed to succeed in the business world. The first class was a web-development course, which was held at my local business incubator. Through this week-long accelerated course, I met many amazing people who forever changed my life. I decided to study not only web-development basics but to also focus on e-commerce.
I spent the rest of that summer focused on developing and growing my own business, which then transitioned directly into beginning the Entrepreneurship Academy alternative classroom in the fall. It focused on learning all aspects of owning and running business. We were encouraged to use our phones, laptops, and other forms of technology to assist us in learning more about working as an entrepreneur.
I thrived in this environment, diving deep into studying anything that I could. In this class, we took a series of certified personality tests, strength tests, etc. Our instructor reviewed the results and assigned us to business teams based on our strengths, weaknesses, and personality types. As we were from all different school districts, most of us really did not know one another.
This class completely changed my entire outlook on what my life could be like. As soon as I finished my senior year, I applied as a tenant at my local business incubator. I was accepted, and the rest is history. I took advantage of the amazing opportunities that were presented to me and decided college was not right for me at this point in time.
Fast forwarding to today, I have successfully grown Earthen Crystals, LLC. into a much larger business than I had ever thought possible. Earthen Crystals has grown from a hobby-based side business to a full-time job. I work with mine owners and manufacturers who import and export our products from all over the world. My goal is to offer unique, top-quality crystals at competitive prices.
I owe my success to the incredible network I was connected with, and my mentors. I get to work with numerous businesses all over the world as I build my own brand. I also take pride in assisting and connecting other business owners as a way to help others succeed as I was helped.