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Five entrepreneurs who made childhood fun into adult businesses

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When people like Zack Francom sell lemonade to help with a wheelchair fund, people pay attention. These are the types of children who grow up with the business savvy needed to create and maintain a business.

For some kids, selling products comes naturally. Maybe it's conviction, a great idea, a charitable cause or just something to pass the time. But business owners often have a business mind at a young age, and some are lucky enough to make childhood's most fun memories into adult finances. Check out five successful businesses that were able to bring those dreams to fruition.

31 Flavors of Childhood Fun

Irvine "Irv" Robbins started off working in his father's ice cream store. Burton "Burt" Baskin produced ice cream for his fellow troops while in the U.S. Navy. Both teamed up later to run their new store, Snowbird Ice Cream in Glendale, Calif. This small business originally had 21 ice cream flavors and later became what we now know as Baskin Robbins.

Nobody Makes Pizza Like Mom

Buzzfeed may not be hip to one of the places where Chicago has the most bragging rights from tourists and residents. However, Efren and Joseph Boglio knew they were on to something with their mother's recipe. After frustration with Chicago not having one of their favorite childhood meals -- stuffed pizza -- they took tips from Mama Giordano. In 1974, Giordano's was born.

Talking Over the TV

It's annoying when people talk over the television, especially Saturday morning cartoons. But imagine voiceover actor Mel Blanc keeping his voice to himself. Without him, the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote and the Tasmanian "Taz" Devil wouldn't have sounded quite the same.

Jumping for Gymnastics

FLOTUS' Let's Move campaign may be the latest trend in childhood fitness, but there were child fitness enthusiasts long before this. In every gym class, there were always those kids who loved physical education, couldn't wait to participate in team sports or loved the idea of gymnastics. Gabrielle Douglas is one of the most well-known Olympian winners for her fitness enthusiasm, but celebrity fitness trainers are also getting kudos for childhood ambition. Ramona Braganza participated in gymnastics since the age of 4, which lead her to a lucrative physical training career with celebrity clients that include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendez, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson and Zac Efron.

Making Money with Board Games

A game about money, real estate, hotels, motels, taxes and prison sounds pretty sophisticated to be a game for kids ages 8 and up, but somehow board games have always been popular with kids. Monopoly is at the top of the list. Originally called The Landlord's Game and invented by Elizabeth "Lizzie" J. Phillips in 1904, the name was later changed to Monopoly. This game was later sold to Parker Brothers for $500. What's even more interesting is the game was originally rejected by Parker Brothers as too complicated and too lengthy. That still hasn't stopped both kids and adults from playing along.

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