Support Small Business – Really Small

Lots of kids have lemonade stands, but some wee wheeler-dealers hit it big with iPhone games or Shark Tank appearances.

Often what separates the wannabes from the entrepreneurs is a little encouragement. An event this weekend aims to support children aged 6 to 14 who have great ideas and want to start a business.

More than a hundred kid-entrepreneurs will showcase their businesses and products at the Triangle Children’s Business Fair at Park West Village in Morrisville on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will feature 75 businesses developed by children.

At the Triangle Children’s Business Fair, the young entrepreneurs must handle everything from marketing to sales.

“It’s never too early to learn the benefit of hard work and determination, and we want business minds, as young as six years old, to have the opportunity to develop business skills that they can build on and utilize for the rest of their lives,” said David Brunner, general manager of CASTO Southeast Realty Services which owns Park West Village.

Children participating in the business fair must do the work themselves. They must develop the product, set up the booth, interact with customers and sell their product. Parents aren’t allowed to help – only to observe.

In addition to all the kid-made items, the event will also include an awards ceremony. Prizes will be given for the Best Business Idea, Best Presentation, Best STEM Idea, Most Environment Friendly and Most Innovative Product.

And if you miss this event, Infinity Educators is hosting the Holly Springs Children’s Business Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Holly Springs Towne Center. The one-day marketplace will give 40 young entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their products.

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