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Date and Time
Sat, April 22, 2023.
647 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060, USA
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Ready to have the experience of a lifetime?
An opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business and Be Amazing! Do you remember your first chance at selling an item? Did you sell lemonade, candy bars, drawings, or your old toys?
This fair takes selling up a notch by creating entrepreneurs. Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.
We will host 40 booths at the 2nd annual event in person event in Marietta, GA on April 22th 2022, from 12 am – 4 pm. Location: IThink Bank Parking lot-647 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
This event is sponsored by JPG Bernoudy foundation, Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, GCB Life Coaching, Young Store Owners and the generous supporters, donors and volunteers. We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.
Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities.
The Marietta Children’s Business Fair (MCBF) provides young entrepreneurs and opportunity to create, learn, and earn. The goal is to help them be amazing business owners. During the process the children have the support of the MCBF team to market and sell their products. We partner with Acton Children's Business Fair as the Marietta Fair host in Georgia.
MCBF 2022 location IThink Bank Parking lot- 647 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
How many businesses will you accept?
We will accept up to 40 businesses. There is a $25 booth fee for is business set up.
Where should I begin?
Start with our resources page. Read inspiring stories about other young entrepreneurs and play games to hone your business skills.
How do I apply? Can I apply as part of a group?
Application must be submitted online. 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.
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 with booths. Each business will be given a booth with an 8-foot table (to share with one other business), and 1-2 chairs. Table cloths will not be provided. 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 disqualified from the competition.
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.
How do I attend?
What is the Acton Children’s Business Fair?
The Acton Children’s Business Fair inspires children to discover their inner entrepreneur. The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, this one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses. Acton sponsors several host in many cities around the United States.
How our sponsor Acton Children’s Business Fair get started?
Jeff and Laura Sandefer and a few other families wanted to spark a sense of wonder and entrepreneurship in their children so they created the first Acton Children’s Business Fair in Austin, Texas, in 2007. That year, there were seven entrepreneurs and around 25 attendees. Now, there are over 115 entrepreneurs and 1,500 attendees at the Acton Children's Business Fair in Austin.
We are a team of passionate professionals who care about the growth of children. Our goal is to create a platform for young entrepreneurs in a fun way to practice business etiquette, marketing, and sales techniques.
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The Acton Children's Business Fair does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin and admits and gives all hosts and participants access to the same rights, privileges, programs and activities.