ConnectEd August 2017 | Page 2

2 Sisters learn and inspire through entrepreneurial venture While most students enjoyed much-needed rest during summer break, three Garland ISD sisters spent the time running a business. Jayla, Mya and Payton Dean own and manage Be You Natural Products, a skin care, bath and jewelry company they publicly launched in 2015. “Running a business takes a lot of effort and hard work,” said Payton. “I have lots of fun making our products.” Payton and her sisters began whipping up goods in 2013, making shea body butter for family members. This experience motivated the triad to make additional products, eventually leading to their first public sales at St. Philip’s Kidpreneur Expo in 2015. “It makes me feel good to know people want to buy our products,” commented Mya. “I like to see the surprise on adults’ faces when they find out we are kids.” The line, which encourages self- acceptance and natural care, now includes body bars, scrubs, tea baths, aromatherapy jewelry, sleeping masks and T-shirts. The Deans sell their homemade products at festivals, expos, farmers markets, pop-up shops and retail stores across DFW, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. connected This summer, they got to participate in the Dallas Farmers Market Young Entrepreneurship Market program. “Business is pretty good,” said mom Daphne Dean. “The girls are very involved in the decision-making. We try to debrief after every event. They create product names, set prices, help set up booths, count sales, take payments and more.” But experience in marketing, finance and logistics is just one of the benefits gained. “This business has impacted them tremendously. It has empowered them in many ways, such as improving their public speaking abilities and increasing self- confidence,” Daphne expressed. “I want them to know that the sky is the limit. I want them to live life without any handicaps. In our household, ‘cannot’ is banned from our vernacular.” That positive motivation is evident in the girls’ outlook on life and the future. “Believe in yourself. You can do anything you set your mind to do,” said Jayla. “All of our products make everyone a better you,” added Mya. “For the future, we have talked about publishing a book and having our own store. That would be really great.” Learn more about the Dean sisters and their products online at and on social media at beyounaturalproducts.