MARYVILLE, Mo. — The third annual Nodaway County Children's Business Fair was held Saturday morning at Beal Park.

The fair was originally scheduled for March, but was postponed and relocated to the park from the public library due to COVID-19.

Children of all ages presented their wares underneath the shelters at the park, selling a wide variety of products.

For the fair, child entrepreneurs create a product or service, calculate a profit margin by considering costs and pricing, develop a brand, build a marketing strategy and then open for customers for the one-day marketplace. Children are responsible for the setup, sales and interacting with customers.

The Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce also held ribbon cuttings for each business.


 Ages 8-10

Highest Business Potential: Smile More, Mattie Dimmitt

Most Original Business Idea: Dipping Jars, Wesley and Waylee Rucker

Best Presentation: Clay Creations, Arya Green and Izzy Huerta

Honorable Mention for Outstanding Business Ethics: Melayna’s Homemade Braceletz

Ages 11-12

Highest Business Potential: GB & Co., Gwyn Bilke

Most Original Business Idea: Breakfast Table, Taylor and Kayla Rucker

Best Presentation: Blushing Cloud Bernadette Badami

Ages 13-14

Highest Business Potential: K&C Cosmetics, Katherine and Caroline Pohren

Most Original Business Idea: Longshot Shells, Mace and Titus McKim

Best Presentation: Imagine, Andrea Jenkins

Ages 15-18

Highest Business Potential: Sunset Creations