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CMU student runs own business, pays tuition

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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) - Any college student will tell you one thing, the cost going to school continues to soar. Last month, Central Michigan University raised tuition by 2.9 percent. However, one CMU student is taking on the challenge of rising tuition.

In downtown Mount Pleasant you'll find restaurants to enjoy and many parks to experience Pure Michigan. But on the corner of Michigan and Main Streets, sits the Pineapple Express.

"He doesn't treat you any less than himself," said Anthony Candelario, an employee.

Ryan Swindlehurst, 21 is a student at CMU and is a business entrepreneur. He began selling walking tacos from a food cart last year.

"It's a blast. I've never had a better job than this before. It's one of the best college jobs out there," Swindlehurst said.

Business has been such a success, it came time to bring in some help. 

"He taught me the ropes and went from there. Now I'm one of his regular workers and I really enjoy it. He's a good man to work for," Candelario said.

The perks of launching your own business can be quite rewarding. Swindlehurt said he's paying his tuition dollars with profit from his business.

"With the income that it brings in, I will be graduated nearly debt free." Swindlehurst said.

Customers can't seem to get enough of this tasty sidewalk treat.

"It's really easy to grab and it's cheap. You can walk back home or walk the streets of Mount Pleasant," said Jake Strom, customer.

For Swindlehurst, the most rewarding thing about owning your own business is learning customer service skills.

Walking taco prices begin at just $3 and up. 

Swindlehurst can assist other college students who are interested in starting a similar business. Two additional business partners created a company to help provide you with what you need to operate a mobile food cart.

"We will lease the assets and information required for a college student like myself to run and operate their own mobile food cart business," Swindlehurst said.

For more information on how you can get started, visit and fill out an application.

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