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My two boys are 7 and 8 years old. They’re slightly aware of what I do for a living, but they don’t quite understand and always want to know more. This month, their Cub Scout pack is selling gourmet popcorn for a fundraiser, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to show them what I do as well as giving them a taste of what it takes to run a business.

I’ve set up a store for them at using OSCommerce. The store is fuly functional and you can purchase items using PayPal. My boys will do all the order processing, customer service, and shipping to help them learn how to run a business.

Right now the store is using the default OSCommerce design and configuration, but over the next couple of days I’ll be redesigning it in public. All the changes will appear as I make them, so you can watch the store change. Don’t expect any cutting-edge, Earth-shattering designs — this is a kid’s popcorn site after all.

So stop by, take a look at the design in progress and maybe buy some popcorn to help a good cause.

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