Young entrepreneurs from throughout Cherokee County will soon have an opportunity to set up shop in a physical space and work to build their business in a non-competitive environment.
The first Kid Biz Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at Sutallee Baptist Church, located at 895 Knox Bridge Highway. Created by county residents Amy Guest and Renee Dierdorff, the event will give children who want to start their own business, or already have their own business up and running, the chance to have a place they can offer their wares to customers in a more market-like setting.
“My friend (Dierdorff) and I each have daughters who wanted to start their own businesses,” Guest said. “We have been helping them promote and sell their products at local farmers markets. We wanted to create an event for our children, but also one that other kids could be promoted as well, and really embrace the kids’ entrepreneurial spirits.”
With this being the first time this event has ever been held, Guest said current plans are to hold the Kid Biz Expo roughly twice a year. However, it could become a more frequent event in different locations throughout the county, depending on how well-received it is.
“To be successful, community involvement and support will really ‘make’ this event,” Guest said. “We would like to provide more opportunities more frequently. However, venues may change to allow geographically different vendors to attend. We did have a few kids that lived too far, or scheduling conflicts, and couldn’t attend. So, we would need to find other ways to allow others to participate as well.”
As of Tuesday, Guest said nearly 30 children vendors have registered for the Aug. 28 event. The only requirement the Kid Biz Expo has for its vendor participants is that they be under the age of 18. Among the products to be offered at the event are baked goods, craft items, artwork, candles, jewelry and other such items.
“We are hoping to educate them on selling, advertising, networking, customer service and promotions,” Guest said. “But, we are also hoping to help them grow their companies and products within the community, not only to boost their sales but their confidence as well.”
In addition to the vendors participating in the Aug. 28 event, there will also be food trucks and a DJ. The event is free to attend and open to the public. The expo is also seeking out business sponsors to help cover the cost the expo and future events. Current sponsors include 360 Gymnastics and Tumble, Ray’s Septic Service, Cowan Signs, Riverstone Graphics and Total Graphic Solutions, Guest said.