GREAT IDEAS FROM YOUNG MINDS

The Tampa Children’s Business Fair is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that features businesses created and launched by children in our area.

Our one-day events are a culmination of ideas and hard work from great young minds in our community. Our "KIDPRENEURS", ages 6-16, develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, plan the cost of goods and pricing, and then open for customers at our fair. We invite the community to shop and support these creative and driven children as they learn beginning business strategies and experience the process of entrepreneurship.

Each fair includes a Business Competition portion where the Kidpreneurs can win awards and prizes! Local business owners volunteer to be judges and score each booth during the fair. When the shopping time at the fair concludes, we have an awards ceremony where each age group has a winner for "Best Presentation", “Most Creative Idea", and "Highest Business Potential".

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Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

— Margaret Mead

Become a Kidpreneur

Whether your child has plans to be the world's youngest bazillionaire, or just wants to earn some extra spending money, they can be a business owner for a day at our kid-hosted marketplace.⁠

⁠ Encourage your 6-16 year old kidpreneur to apply today! They will even have a chance to win awards and prizes during our business competition!⁠

Please submit one application for each business. Children working as a group should submit one application that includes each child’s information. No more than 3 participants per business.

  • Please submit one application for each business. (Children working as a group may submit one application with all children’s info.)
  • Instead of an application fee at the time of submission, we will collect a $25 booth fee from all accepted businesses, which includes a designated area with a table and chairs at the event.
  • Please note that you may help your child fill out the application, but depending on their age, they are expected to do as much as possible by themselves.

Attend our next event

Come shop as young entrepreneurs showcase their business ventures!

These talented kids have put in the work and are ready to sell their creations. Now WE NEED YOU, our community members to come support, encourage, and SHOP at the Children's Business Fair! They can only succeed if they have customers to sell to. This is a FREE and family-friendly event to attend. Please invite as many people as possible to join you and experience the next generation of entrepreneurs in action.

Dec 11, 2022

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Temple Terrace
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Ways to help

Are you interested in volunteering your time or skills to help Tampa Children’s Business Fair support the next generation of entrepreneurs? We would love to learn more about you and what areas you are most interested in being involved with. Please click on the “Volunteer Interest Form” below.

Advocacy & Community Outreach

Education & Mentorships

Marketing & Public Relations

Event Planning

Fundraising

Nonprofit Leadership

DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME

Our community nonprofit can only continue our mission through donations. Please consider making a donation and share with others who have a heart for youth development and entrepreneurship. Every dollar counts.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Our August 6th fair was extra special because of you.

Photos from our latest business fair

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Why it’s important to introduce entrepreneurship to kids

Children are naturally creative and curious! We want to help embrace these essential traits and channel them into an entrepreneurial mindset that can help them develop skills such as:

A self-starting work ethic

Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. They plan and execute their own business at every level, which allows them to understand the importance of hard work, take responsibility, and gain confidence in the next challenge.

An improved love of learning

Our educational resources can teach children lessons about entrepreneurship and help them develop and grow their businesses at their own pace. We plan to offer in-person and online classes for Kidpreneurs to deepen their understanding and knowledge.

A growth mindset

A growth mindset allows kids to believe their abilities and skills can develop over time and lead to success. They will desire to keep learning, see challenges as opportunities for growth rather than permanent setbacks, and build resilience and resourcefulness when faced with a challenge.

Confidence and a feeling of accomplishment

When our Kidpreneurs execute their vision, plan, and sell their products/services at our business fairs, they will see how much money their hard work and dedication made them! They also receive encouragement and a sense of accomplishment by practicing effective face-to-face communication with customers and community members in a supportive, fun, and safe environment.

The long-term benefits of childhood entrepreneurship

Exposure to entrepreneurial concepts like focus, determination, and resiliency in the face of disappointment can help them think creatively and use problem-solving skills in everyday life. But the benefits of these skills and growth mindset stay with them into adulthood, whether or not they continue as entrepreneurs. As adults, they will be empowered to use critical thinking to work through challenges confidently and to have the courage and self-esteem to choose their own path in the global new-age economy of the 21st century.

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