Kelowna boy takes baby steps toward being a mogul

The precocious 8 year old spent his summer coming up with a business plan that's already generating seed money for future endeavours,

When it comes to summer break, most kids focus their efforts on getting the most out of the sunshine.

Not William Butler.

The precocious 8 year old spent his summer coming up with a business plan that’s already generating seed money for future endeavours, with some left over for a good cause.

“He came to me and said he was interested in making money and said there was no way to do it that didn’t include chores, which he didn’t want to do,” said Melissa Butler, William’s mom.

So William came up with the idea of making calendars they could sell. At first William thought he’d do each one by hand, but he soon realized that it would be a lot easier to apply his tech savvy to the project and they found an online program that made it easy. Then he and his mom focused their energy at illustrating each month.

They decided to use their neighbour-dog as a model, and then William went about making sets. He and his mom had to go out and buy supplies, which were factored into the business plan, so they kept it cheap.

Campfires, birthdays and snorkelling are just a few of the themes William came up with and actualized using everything from cardboard paper to dollar store goods. He particularly liked the way the snorkelling scene worked out.

“Our whole living room was turned into a set,” said Melissa, noting that it was a bit chaotic at times.

Then they snapped the photos, fed them into the program and, voila, a calendar was made. Actually, 100 were made.

And he’s sold half of them.

“It’s been really great seeing how confident he’s becoming speaking to people,” said Melisssa. She’s also been impressed with how well he’s lapping up business concepts, like costs and returns — something he has a ledger dedicated to.

“I never thought I’d be teaching this kind of thing to him, but it’s what he wanted and I think it’s great,” she said.

William’s calendars can be purchased by emailing Melissa at Mel_Butler@hotmail.com or they’re available at so get them at Tail Blazers, at 1790 K. L. O. Road.

A part of the proceeds are being donated to the SPCA.

Just Posted

Resources for victims of sexual violence to be made available at Hedley concert

A gathering is planned for outside Prospera Place on the date of the concert,

Knox Hill Climb set for another year

Popular and long-running event is ready for its 61st year in Kelowna

Better information needed in emergencies

Lake Country - Suggestions were made to better communicate with tourists during emergencies

UPDATE: Serwa second fastest in ski cross seeding

Kelowna ski cross racer has solid run in the seeding round of the women’s ski cross event

Kelowna council approves large temporary farm worker housing plan

One of the area’s largest cherry growers will house 140 temporary farm workers on Shanks Road farm

Salvation Army thanks community for fundraising

Local group helped many families over Christmas and the funds will keep going

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Date set for Silver Creek man’s bail ruling

Curtis Sagmoen will learn on Feb. 28 if he will be released from custody

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

Most Read