Milton Hershey

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Milton Hershey was born September 13, 1857, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As a child, his family moved a lot as his father started several businesses across the United States. In eight years, he attended seven different schools. In 1871, Hershey was apprenticed to a local printer who published a German-English newspaper. The printing business was not a good match for Hershey's given his likes, skills, and passions. Hershey's mother helped him find another apprenticeship. It was with a local confectioner or candy maker, named Joseph Royer. Hershey was 14 years old at the time.  Soon, it became obvious that he had a natural talent for candy making and he liked what he was learning. Over the next four years, Milton learned the art and science of creating tasty treats. When Milton Hershey turned 18, he took a risk and started his first candy business in Philadelphia. After six years, his first business failed. Did Milton Hershey give up? No! He had a passion for candy making! So he moved to Denver, Colorado, and took a job with a Denver candy maker to learn more about the candy making business. This time, in addition to developing his skills and receiving great training, he developed a new skill making caramels with fresh milk. After a few months of working in Colorado, he traveled to New York City. New York City was the largest candy market in the world at this time. People from all over the world traveled to and from New York.  Hershey decided to start another business given this large market.  Even though he tried hard and invested many hours, his business failed. In 1886, he returned to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was 28 years old, penniless, but still the entrepreneurial spirit lingered. Milton Hershey took another risk and started a company to manufacture caramels using the methods he had learned in Denver. He needed more tools and equipment.  He looked for financing.  It was difficult given his past failures. Hershey began to look for backers who valued his...
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