July 8, 2021

Business Spotlight: BUCK Academy

Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

Meet Dustin & Febyolla Goss from BUCK Academy

What is your favorite part of your business?
As parents, we are really enjoy educating our kids about personal finance in order to have a solid piggy bank of savings, and/or a real bank account.

We believe that kids need to learn about “Saving” since their early age, not only understand about “Earning and Spending.”
BUCK Academy exist to help parents teach children about personal finance and we are excited to give this lesson and produce materials to change lives.

Why did you start your business?
Buck Academy was born from a need to teach and nourish the youth in our lives. We live and breathe in a household that is passionate about being the best version of you, that you can be. As we have lived, grown, and learned as a unit of our own, we have created a foundation of knowledge for many more to come.

Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
We live here, work here, and love the community.

What is unique about your business?
We have a unique character, BUCK, who is fun and engaging for kids to interact with while learning about money. BUCK simplifies the message and creates absorbable content meant for children. Only the rich know these secrets. Facts are that Americans have terrible money habits. We can change this for the next generation of savers.

Why should people do business with you?
We are results driven and exist for a good cause. In fact we give away books for each sale. We give to teachers and classrooms, individuals in need, and library systems in order to spread the good word on personal finance importance.

What are you currently doing differently during this time?
We offer our products online and nationwide. Find us in Edmonds Bookshop and Little Bipsy!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
BUCK is 1.5 years old. A US Dollar bill or BUCK cost 4.9 cents to make and has an average life of 5.8 years. If we learn how to use money wisely we often live more playful and stress-free lives.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?

BUCK Academy offers books and lessons written and illustrated by entrepreneurial husband and wife team Dustin and Febyolla Goss. BUCK, a friendly personification of a dollar, breaks money down to the basics with the goal of creating a new society of young savers and investors.

The idea for BUCK Academy blossomed when the Gosses, parents of two young children, attempted to teach their son about money and they weren’t able to find any simple resources. The first book, BUCK Making Cents, is written for children ages 5-9 years old. More books for all learning ages will be coming in 2021.

“Like it or not, money is as at the center of modern lifestyles,” Dustin Goss said. “How many of us wish we had been smarter with finances starting at a young age? All of us! We want our children to be a little wiser and have less financial stress in their lives. BUCK has been created to make money approachable and foster appreciation of saving for the future.”

If you enjoyed any of our books please buy another and pass the gift forward. We donate a portion of each sale to the education of less fortunate children, schools and library systems.

Teachers or children in need please email us at buck@buckacademy.org to request a free copy of our book.

BUCK Academy
516 Main St
Years in business: 1

Photos by Matt Hulbert

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