Eight-year-old Allison Flores is a budding entrepreneur — and a philanthropist. She and her mother created an online and pop-up boutique, Ali-KGiftshop.com, where she sells her own handmade gifts such as soaps, towels that are shaped into bunnies, candles and other home décor. She has learned a lot about setting up a business, marketing it, managing inventory and more. “It’s fun,” she summarizes of her venture. Recently, Allison and her mother, Cristina, visited MOMS Orange County to deliver a check for the portion of the proceeds of her boutique. Her donation is supporting Mommy & Me classes, the same classes she and her younger brother benefited from when they were babies. Her foray into both commerce and philanthropy have been inspired by Cristina who has been honored as a Mother of Year of MOMS Orange County. Allison helps her mother when they volunteer at a pop-up consignment store which donates unsold maternity clothing, baby items and diapers to MOMS. These experiences, along with other community service projects, have transformed Allison into a confident, young entrepreneur. One would assume she will continue along the path of being a businesswoman, but Allison sounds very sure of her long-term plan: “I want to be a doctor. I want to help kids with cancer.” Always looking for opportunities to help, her first step toward that goal: she will be donating 16 inches of her hair to a group that provides hair pieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.