Children's Business Fair

Holly Cronk of Ferluknat Farm reviews Lucy Galbraith’s business plan and provides feedback.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Unique products and services will be available during the Children’ Business Fair set for Saturday, March 9, at the Maryville Public Library.

Young entrepreneurs will open businesses and offer services from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the library located at 509 N. Main St. in Maryville.

“We have a variety of businesses again this year, from meal prep help to photography and art, to sweet treats,” said Elizabeth Argo, youth services coordinator said. “I think everyone will enjoy coming in and seeing the end result of the hard work these young entrepreneurs have invested.”

The fair, now in its second year being held in Maryville, began with an information meeting in December. Participants were required to turn in their business plans in early February and then met with local adult entrepreneurs and business leaders to reviewed their business plans and gave them feedback, tweaking their plans for success.

The youth have been responsible for coming up with a product or service idea, creating a business plan with expense and potential profit analysis, and marking their product.

The day of the fair entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present their products or service in a marketplace setting.

Along with the potential profits, young entrepreneurs can earn, each child will compete for three prizes per age category for $100 each, as well as, Most Original Business Idea, Highest Business Potential and Best Presentation.

According to Argo, the fair has grown this year to 21 businesses.

“I was thankful for and overwhelmed by the support of the community last year,” she said. “I hope to see the entrepreneurial spirit of these kids supported by everyone who comes and shops and takes a real interest in their businesses again this year.”

Assisting with business plan reviews were Curtis Behrend, Thrivent Financial; Michelle Wickersham, The Kitchen and Bath Source; Rod Couts, Accent Printing; Amy Klaas, Pagliai’s; and Ed Gumm, Priority One Realty. Sponsors for the event include Friends of the Maryville Public Library, Eagles Auxiliary No. 3669, and Acton School of Business. The Launch Party sponsor is Hy-Vee in Maryville.

The event is free and open to the public.

Judges for the event will be Sonja Wolbert, Home by Sonja; Teresa Hayes, United Country Twaddle Realty; and Scott Copeland, Board Game Café.

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