Kids Biz Fair

Kids Biz Fair
Posted on 12/02/2019
Kids Biz Entrepreneurs Nicole and Natalie

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (December 2, 2019) – Know a creative kid with a bright business idea? Manatee Libraries' Kids Biz Fair, which will be held at Braden River Library on Saturday, January 25, from 10 AM to 1 PM, will give children (ages 10 to 18), the opportunity to create, promote and sell a product or service that they create in a one-day outdoor market. All public are invited to attend and help support our community's youngest entrepreneurs.

Kids Biz Fair participants will attempt to develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, create marketing material and promote their product and the marketplace event in order to obtain customers. 

Anyone interested in participating in the fair should attend a preworkshop at Braden River Library, focused on branding, pricing and promoting their product or service. The workshops will be facilitated by local business owners Heidi Leroy, Erica Golub and Jamie Marco.  

Saturday, January 4

It All Starts With a Solid Product, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

What's It Worth to You, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, January 11

The Power of a Brand, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Brand Shopping & Mind Mapping, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

About the Workshop Facilitators

Erica Golub: A 20-year veteran in the corporate product design world, Erica has worked for New Balance Athletic Shoe, Fisher-Price, Kimberly Clark and Trek Bicycle. Currently, she is working with fortune 500 companies as a design consultant, as well as inventing in the toy and game categories. In 2019, Erica had six new product launches as an inventor. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the product design process, understanding your consumer, market trends and play.

Heidi LeRoy: Heidi has expertise in program development, project management and marketing and helps individuals and businesses put their best foot forward with authentic communication, creative ideas, and strategies. Heidi has previously co-founded an event company, coordinated an organizational rebrand and most recently developed a workshop series to increase sustainability for youth-developed programs. She currently holds the position of Vice-Chair of the Student Advisory Committee at Johnson K-8 School of International Studies, is a member of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and participates on various community committees. Heidi is committed to empowering youth and building bridges in her community.

Jaime Marco: Owner and President of Evolve Business Consulting, Jaime offers a strong sales, branding, training and leadership background. Over the last 15 years, Jaime has worked with numerous companies and organizations to instill the change they desired to facilitate an increase in their customer satisfaction, grow their customer base, develop their team members, train their leadership and increase and solidify their brand awareness. She has considerable experience working with teams and individuals all over the world and in a diverse range of industries. Jaime’s advanced understanding of the behaviors of people and cultural differences allows for her to directly relate to her clients and create an impactful training, coaching session and presentation.

Register for a workshop.

Each business will be provided a six-foot table and two chairs. Space is limited. 

Teams of 2 or 3 participants per business also are allowed. 

The event and the workshops are sponsored by the Friends of Braden River Library.

The workshops and the event will be held at Braden River Library, located at 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton 34203. The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will conduct a group ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate these young entrepreneurs.

Please contact either of the following youth librarians if you’d like more information:


Chris Culp 
941-727-6079, x6353 

Molly Saunders
941-727-6079, x6356

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About Manatee Libraries: 
The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at seven facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, Ellenton and the new LITtle Discovery Center at Downtown. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit mymanatee.org/library, follow them at Facebook and Instagram @manateelibraries and Twitter @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov