The Seattle Acton Children’s Business Fair on August 13 and 14 at Crossroads Bellevue will operate a lot like any other business fair. Participants will develop a product or service, create a brand, and present it to event attendees. One major difference about next week’s fair, however, is that the participants will all be kids.
The event is designed to teach young people ages 5-18 the responsibilities associated with entrepreneurship, event setup, sales, and customer service.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s business innovators and leaders,” Jeff Sandefer, founder of the Acton School of Business and one of the sponsors of the fair, said in a statement. “The Children’s Business Fair gives students the opportunity to spread their entrepreneurial wings and get a head start on promising business careers.”
The event was designed by Acton Academy and the Acton School of Business and put on with the support of Creative Children for Charity.
“(The) Creative Children for Charity team is very excited to host the 2nd annual Acton Business Fair and partner with local companies such as GCI Communications, Meylah, YMCA of Sammamish, Crossroads Mall, and many others who recognize the need to empower youth to become entrepreneurs and give them skills to become reliant,” Chirag Vedullapalli, founder of Creative Children for Charity, said in a statement.
More than 60 applications were received for a range of business ideas including waffles, bouquets, and car cleaning services. Cash prizes will be awarded in categories such as “Most Business Potential,” “Most Creative Idea,” and “Most Impressive Presentation.” Parents are not allowed to help sell or promote their child’s product; doing so could result in the participant’s disqualification from the business fair.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit childrensbusinessfair.org/seattle.