BLACK VOICES
02/08/2012 11:05 am ET Updated Apr 09, 2012

Maya Penn, 11-Year-Old Entrepreneur Designs Eco-Friendly Accessories (VIDEO)

How's this for some mid-week inspiration...

An 11-year-old girl is making quite a name for herself and some considerable cash, whipping up chic eco-friendly accessories from her home in Canton, Ga.

Maya Penn, CEO and owner of her own online boutique "Maya's Ideas," started the company just three years ago at the tender age of eight years old.

Since launching the shop through Etsy.com, the adorable 7th grader has been received orders for her whimsical scarves and headbands from around the country and the world.

Penn even grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine. The biweekly business publication profiled the pint-sized CEO on its list of " Sixteen Grade School Entrepreneurs."

"I've learned a lot of life lessons, like perseverance, from this," Penn told Forbes.

Penn has also learned the power and purpose of giving back.She donates least 10 percent of the profits from "Maya's Ideas" to charities in and around the city of Atlanta.

"I like making people happy through my items. But some people might not have the money to purchase my items, so I like to help other people and make them happy through donating," Penn told Atlanta's Fox 5 News.

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