Congratulations to our FIFTY kid business owners who were accepted to participate on January 15th! We can't wait to see your business in action!
Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business!
Kids ages 6-14 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 an unlimited number of booths at the inaugural event at Bannerman Crossings on Monday, January 15, 2018 (MLK Day so NO SCHOOL!) from 1 to 4pm.
We are no longer accepting applications.
Applications are due on January 5, 2018. Applicants will be notified within one week of submitting their application whether or not they have been approved. There is a $25 registration fee for all approved applicants. Each participant will receive a T-Shirt.
Cash prizes of $50 will be awarded by the guest judges in 2 categories... - age 6-11 and age 12-14: •Most Original Business Idea •Best Presentation/Use of Creativity *If there are multiple business owners at one booth, they will fall under the age category of the oldest participant.
This event is hosted and sponsored by Fun4TallyKids.com, an online resource for families looking for things to do with and for their kids in the Tallahassee area.
This event is also sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, and the generous support of our 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.
Thank you to our incredible sponsors
If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Jessica Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Acton Children’s Business Fair inspires ch ildren 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.
How many businesses will you accept?
Where should I begin?
Start with our resources page by clicking HERE. 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.
Is there a cost to participate?
Yes, the entry/participation fee is $25 per booth, to be paid after the application is accepted.
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 located outside, so dress and prepare for the January (unpredictable) weather. Each business will be given a 6-foot table and 1-2 chairs. Table cloths will not be provided. We are not able to accommodate businesses requiring electricity. You may bring your own tent if you'd like, but a tent is not required.
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 did the 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 area
We at Fun4TallyKids.com are a team of passionate entrepreneurs, mentors, and parents, who want our children to learn about entrepreneurship in a practical and fun way.
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