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What started as a 9-year-old’s way to stay occupied at his dad’s auto-parts business in East Los Angeles has become a national sensation. Caine Monroy built a low-tech arcade out of little more than old cardboard boxes, packing tape, and his considerable imagination. Business was slow — very slow — until a freelance film maker took note and created a video telling Caine’s story that went viral. Now Caine has more customers than he can handle and a college fund that’s topped $190,000, all based on donations. We can learn a thing or two from L.A.’s own “kid entrepreneur” as he talks with KPCC’s business and economics reporter, Matt DeBord, about building a business from scratch and what his accomplishment can teach us all. That’s Tuesday, May 15th, at 7pm at the Crawford Family Forum.
Caine Monroy, creator, Caine’s Arcade
George Monroy, Caine's dad and owner of Smart Parts in East Los Angeles