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Act fast: A cool opportunity for your young entrepreneur

One-day market gives kids the chance to showcase their very own business, but application deadline is July 15.

Is your son or daughter the next Elon Musk, Steve Jobs or Oprah Winfrey? If so, we’ve got the details on an event they are going to want to know all about.


This summer, Creative Children for Charity, a youth foundation run by kids and for kids, is hosting the largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America — the Seattle Acton Children Business Fair. The goal of the event is to give kids ages 6-18 a platform to flex their creativity muscles and become entrepreneurs for a day.


The first Acton Children’s Business Fair happened in Austin, Texas, in 2007, organized by Jeff and Laura Sandefer and few other families that were looking to spark a sense of wonder and entrepreneurship in their children. The first year, there were seven entrepreneurs and roughly 25 attendees. Now there are more than 115 entrepreneurs and 1,500 attendees at the Austin fair. The Seattle event is in its second year.


If your child has an idea and wants to make money this summer, they can apply for the youth business fair, create their own business, build a marketing strategy, and finally, sell their product or service to customers during the one-day fair.


But July 15 (that's Sunday!) is the application deadline, so you’ll have to hustle. The questions are simple and actually a little fun, though, such as what they plan to sell, what they’ll charge, how they’ll advertise and how they’ll pay for startup costs. 


The fair will be held August 14 at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue.

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