Children’s Business Fair Aug. 25 in Holly

Children’s Business Fair Aug. 25 in Holly

Holly, MI-  We will host up to 30 booths in Battle Alley on Saturday, August 25th from 4pm to 7 pm
Kids ages 6-16 will develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. The public is invited to come support Holly area children as they launch their very own startup businesses!

What is the Children’s Business Fair?

Our goal is to inspire children to discover their inner entrepreneur. This one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses.

How many businesses will you accept?

We will accept up to 30 businesses.

Where should I begin? 

An Information and Brainstorming Meeting will be held on Monday, July 16, 7-8 pm at Inspirations Arts and Crafts Workshop. This information meeting is a free event, designed to inspire and spark creativity in children who are interested in participating. The meeting is optional, not required for participation,

How do I apply? Can I apply as part of a group?

Application can be submitted online at the bottom of this page. Please submit one application for each business. Children working as a group should submit one application that includes each child’s information. No more than 3 participants per business.

Applications are accepted June 1 – August 10, 2018. Businesses accepted into the fair will be notified and asked to submit a $10 participation fee by August 6.

What is on the application?
The application asks kids to think through some simple, but important elements of their business:

What product or service do you plan to sell?

What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you?

How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back?

How will you advertise/market your business before the fair?

At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success?

What if someone else has the same business idea? 

Two cupcake businesses? Not a problem. In general, we will let market forces play out, though we will let later entries know if another applicant has a similar idea so the later entrant can decide what to do.

How will the fair be set up?

The fair will be a outdoor event set up in Battle Alley in Downtown Holly. Each business will be given a space with an 8-foot table to share with one other business. Table cloths and chairs will not be provided. Businesses that require more space can request a full 8 foot table or additional display space. We are not able to accommodate businesses requiring electricity.

Will electricity be available?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide electricity to the booths.

What are the rules? 

This event is designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. If a parent is found selling or promoting a child’s product or service, their child’s business will be removed from the event.

Parents of younger children may sit in the booth, but the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales.

Parents may help their child fill out the application, but we expect the children to do as much as possible by themselves.

What is the timeline? 

Friday, June 1– Applications available 

Monday, July 16, 7-8 pm– Brainstorming and Information Meeting at Inspirations Arts & Crafts Workshop. This meeting is optional for participants. Children and parents are invited to bring questions and be inspired!

Friday, August 10– Applications due. All applications must be submitted online. We will contact business owners when their application is received and when applications are approved.

Monday, August 6, 7-8 pm – Launch Event at Inspirations Arts and Crafts Workshop. Meet other entrepreneurs and get great information about our fair and ideas for marketing your business. (optional for participants)

Monday, August 6– Participation fee of $10 due from all participants.

Saturday, August 25- 4-7 pm Holly’s Children’s Business Fair takes place in Battle Alley, Downtown Holly

Thank you for your interest in the Holly Children’s Business Fair. This event is hosted the Holly Area Chamber of Commerce, Holly Main Street DDA, Inspirations Arts & Crafts Workshop, Holly Area Schools and the generous support of our donors and volunteers. We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

Join us for the Launch Event Meeting at Inspirations Arts & Crafts Workshop on Monday, August 6, from 7 to 8 pm.  This free meeting is optional for participants. Children and parents are invited to bring questions and be inspired!

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