Shop the Children’s Business Fair

Get ready to shop for unique products and services while supporting young entrepreneurs at the second annual Children’s Business Fair slated for March 9, from 10am-1:30pm at the Maryville Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

“We have a variety of businesses again this year; from meal prep help to photography and art, to sweet treats,” Elizabeth Argo, youth services coordinator, said. “I think everyone will enjoy coming in and seeing the end result of the hard work these young entrepreneurs have invested.”

The CBF started with an informational meeting in December and participants were required to turn in their business plans in early February. They will soon meet with local adult entrepreneurs and business leaders who will review their business plans and give them feedback to tweak their business plans for success. Youth have been responsible for coming up with a product or service idea, creating a business plan with expense and potential profit analysis, and marketing their product. The day of the fair, they will have the opportunity to present their products or service at a one-day marketplace event.

Along with the potential profits young entrepreneurs can earn, they will compete for three prizes per age category for $100 each. Each age category will compete for Most Original Business Idea, Highest Business Potential, and Best Presentation.

According to Argo, the CBF has grown this year to 21 kid-run businesses. She noted that she had been thankful for and impressed by the outpouring of support by the community last year.

“I was thankful for and overwhelmed by the support of the community last year,” Argo said. “I hope to see the entrepreneurial spirit of these kids supported by everyone who comes and shops and takes a real interest in their businesses again this year.”

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