All of us would like children to aspire to do great things and explore their creativity. It’s even better if they can earn some cash on the side doing it. Tamika Christopher was the mother of a 4-year-old son when she came up with the idea of hosting a business fair for kids.
Her son was so excited because he would not only have an opportunity to start a business but also tell adults what to do with his business.
Christopher knew that having an idea is one thing and executing it is another.
“I started looking at other ways to do it without reinventing the wheel.”, says Christopher.
She partnered with Acton School of Business based out of Austin, Texas. The company host business fairs for kid entrepreneurs all over the world. When Christopher realize that there wasn’t one in Memphis, she jumped at the opportunity to register as a children’s business fair host in the Memphis area. Getting kids to participate wasn’t as difficult as you would think.
The kids pretty much found her because the “Acton” name in children’s business fairs are known all over the world. The Acton Children’s Business Fair website listed Memphis as one of the locations for an upcoming children’s business fair. “The children and not the parents fill out the application to participate in today’s fair,” says Christopher.
The children attend a series of workshops during a luncheon/meet-and-greet before the event to get them prepared for the business fair. During the workshop, Christopher brings out other youth entrepreneurs to talk to the kids about business ideas and how to start a business. They also discuss interviewing, marketing and business plans using terms and concepts that children can comprehend.
During this year’s Greater Memphis Children’s Business Fair, they had the following children entrepreneurs: Sofia’s Slime, Slip_Slime, J.J.’s Cutie Cakes, TyeDye Tees, Pompom Depot, Wings of Glory, Kenya and Jaden Sweet’s Factory and Pay Pays Crafty Way.
The Greater Memphis Children’s Business Fair will be an annual event. Christopher also has plans for teen entrepreneurs over the age of fourteen to attend workshops and participate in future business fairs.