Young resident takes big ideas to new heights

MILFORD — At ten-years-old, Arianna Fox excels in her schoolwork, helps run a church with her parents and likes to hang out in the family game and movie room. She also has her own business.

“I’m the jr. marketing director for our family business Splash Designworks. And I’m also an inspirational speaker and lifecoach for kids and adults, too,” the fourth grader said proudly to members of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford as she met them during its recent grand opening.

“It just started with a big idea, so it’s ‘Big Ideas Kids Coaching.’ One morning, my parents were like, ‘Hey, you should be an inspirational speaker; that’s your thing, that’s what you are,’” she said in an interview.

Her parents, new residents to Milford, say they couldn’t be happier with their family dynamic.

“She’s always in front of business professionals. I would say about 99.999 percent of everyone we meet say they’re impressed with this little munchkin. They’re impressed that she can speak well,” Arianna’s dad said. “We knew that it was just a matter of time before she would spread her wings.”

Arianna talks to a group of children at The Breakfast Club in Milford during her first big speaking event recently.

Arianna started her first speaking engagement, at Milford’s Breakfast Club, with enthusiasm for her newfound business as she ran to the front of the room, high-fiving kids as she went.

Her parents homeschool Arianna while helping run her business along with the family business Splash Designworks, but Arianna says she’s ready to move her big idea into a successful speaking and coaching business.

“To be honest, to me, it’s not about success. I don’t want to be famous or anything. I want to inspire kids and adults, as well. Inspiration is important; kids, especially. They’re not being taught entrepreneurship things in school. Hopefully by doing this, I’m able to inspire them enough to give them tips and tools when they grow up. And as kids, too, as kidpreneurs,” Arianna said.

Speaking comes naturally to the newest business owner in Milford, according to her mother. Arianna started giving her spiels for Splashwork Designs at just six-years-old and would even remember the names of people met during networking events.

“A woman says 20,000 words. A man will say 10,000. Ari will say the combination. But it’s not just babble. It’s relevant stuff. It’s really amazing. No matter where, she just carries the audience as if she’s talking to us or anybody. It’s just a matter of time before she influences larger and larger amounts of people,” Mr. Fox said.

“A lot of parents are looking for some kind of positive role model that is a relatable role model and there’s very little out here. Everything is superstar sports or celebrities. But how many are there that are local, down to earth, inspirational, relatable kids that people can relate to in Delaware? I think that’s the coolest thing ever. Whether it’s one person or a hundred people, it doesn’t change her.”

The family also works together to provide character voiceovers for various outlets. Mr. Fox says he recently acted as Mickey Mouse for several Disney vacation surprise phone calls and Arianna can pull off Minnie Mouse, too! Mr. Fox has also been known to portray Yoda and other characters.

Arianna is using this kid-like nature to help create a successful business for herself.

“Adults can speak, they can inspire and they can motivate. But they can’t connect to them [kids] at a certain level. But if they see kids their age succeeding, they’ll want to succeed; they’ll connect,” she said. “You rock, dream big and you’ve got this. That’s always what I say at the end of a big speaking event.”


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