This event is an inspiring blend of ideas, creativity, and hard work.
Children, ages 5-14, develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. This is a family-friendly event, we encourage friends, family, community members, and entrepreneurs alike to come out and support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Businesses will be judged by local entrepreneurs to win cash prizes.
We believe every child is a creative genius that can impact this world for the greater good. The Grand Rapids Children's Business Fair gives the next generation of entrepreneurs a safe setting to display their latest business ventures, in hopes to make a profit.
Our Core Mission is:
Have children make something with their hands and their mind
Sell to strangers in a safe venue, where failure is accepted
Experience the freedom and responsibility of having some extra money to spend or give away
In the process of making a business, we want children to learn about costs, revenue, and profit. They should calculate their break-even point and ensure their business is directed toward making a profit. Parents choosing to invest in their child’s company are should expect a return on their investment. All loans must be paid back after the business fair. The student can keep profits but is strongly encouraged to give away some too. Students will learn about hiring and any significant labor done by friends or family members should be treated as hired labor and compensated. The children's business fair is a way we want to give children the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.