Children’s Business Fair Information Meeting December 13

Quilts, personal beauty products, dog treats, crafts, drawings and so much more were a the final products of student run businesses at the Children’s Business Fair last year.

“We invite all youth ages eight through high school, who might be interested in creating a product or service and earning a profit, to attend our informational meeting December 13, at 5 pm in the library’s basement.”

The informational meeting will be a precursor to preparing for the Nodaway County Children’s Business Fair,  March 9.  Information and applications will be given out at the December 13 meeting. Applications will be due January 12, 2019.

For the fair, kids create a product or service, develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers for a one-day marketplace. The children are responsible for the setup, sales, and interaction with customers.

“The library will provide information and local business owners will give feedback on business plans to foster success for the kids,” Argo said.

Kids can be solo entrepreneurs or be part of a team of up to three youth. Students younger than 8 can be a part of the team as apprentices, but must have someone 8 or older as the lead.

“We set the age limits, because these businesses that kids create, really need to be the work of the youth for them to take full advantage of the entrepreneurial experience,” Argo said.

The Nodaway County Children’s Business Fair is a branch of the national Acton Business Fair which sponsors fairs across the country and is the largest Children’s Business Fair in North America. 

“We are so grateful for the input of local entrepreneurs and business owners last year who provided feedback for business plans, judged businesses the day of the fair, and provided space to young entrepreneurs to sell their products after the fair ,” Argo said. “Some of the mentoring that took place was just phenomenal. ”

Cash prizes will be awarded for various categories.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Argo at 660-582-5281 or email youthcoordinator@maryvillepubliclibrary.org

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