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Age Doesn’t Affect these Young Entrepreneurs

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Young entrepreneurs display their products, including soap, candles and more. (Nicholaus Perry - NSN Business)

March 25, 2022
(Nicholaus Perry - NSN Business)

Young sellers at the Children’s Business Fair flooded Concordia High on Saturday to sell unique products. From baked goods, toys, soaps and more, they learned about the various aspects of business.

Young entrepreneurs display their baked products for sale. (Nicholaus Perry - NSN Business)

Ignite director and teacher at Concordia Academy, Kayla Marty, listed the many opportunities the budding entrepreneurs could learn from. “Maybe they’re going to learn about talking to customers, managing their money, or pricing and promotions. They’re not going to walk away and not learn something.”

BryLee Irsik had a plan to help save tigers with the profits her business generates.

“I’m helping save the tigers because they’re one of the most endangered animals,” she said. She sells rubber rings, bracelets and chokers.

With over 100 vendors, people across the community came out to support and learn more from the young business owners.

Sellers kept all profits. With their hard-earned money, they could save up and innovate for their business, or splurge on themselves after the event. The only cost was a $10 fee for those who needed tables to display products.

Some students had participated in previous business fairs, and some were novices.

Young entrepreneur conducting business at the fair. (Nicholaus Perry - NSN Business)

Head of Mercy Meringues, Mercy Wyatt, had been to three previous business fairs. She felt that experience would help her prepare for future fairs and increase her sales.

“So, I learned what kinds of flavors people like more than others, which will be very helpful when I plan for next time.”    

She said the fair was helping her prepare for the future.

“It’s helped me grow my business and get the word out about it so people can order, and I can sell more.”

Head of Sew Cute, Korina Crowder, learned more about the direction of her business. She intends to focus on a new, singular direction.

“I’ve been considering just doing T-shirts.”

Customers at the fair had the opportunity to pay in more ways than just cash, as many vendors also accepted Venmo.

People who missed the event can still order from many of the sellers. Some advertise on social media, while others displayed their phone numbers so customers could place orders online and over the phone.

Marty said she believes the fair will help the young people in the future.

“This is designed to inspire kids to be entrepreneurs in the future, too. We need people who are willing to take risks. Failure is just part of the process.”

Concordia plans to have their fifth annual Concordia Children’s Business next year around the same time. -30-

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