Kids Prepare to Sell Their Products This Saturday

Kids Prepare to Sell Their Products This Saturday at Rocky Bluff
Posted on 02/04/2019
Products include baked goods

The unveiling of business product ideas, developed by children right here in our community, is taking place this Saturday, February 9, at the Manatee Youth Business Fair at Rocky Bluff Library, from 1 to 4 PM.

With over 20 participants signed up for the kid-run outdoor market, the Rocky Bluff Library team hopes to draw a big crowd of attendees to provide encouragement to these creative self-starters.

The Manatee Youth Business Fair, is one of several
Acton Children’s Business Fairs that have been put on throughout the United States over the past 12 years, including one in Orlando through the Orange County Library last fall.

Glenda Lammers, Interim Library Services Manager for the Manatee County Public Library System, thinks libraries are the perfect place to launch a business idea—no matter what your age.

“Manatee Libraries provides a rich assortment of print and online resources and workshops to help people brainstorm, come up with ideas and develop them. We are that place that anyone can access for free to share ideas and learn new skills,” said Lammers.

Manatee Youth Business Fair participants, who range in age from 6 to 16, have tried to develop their product by naming it, developing a strategy and determining a price, based on how much it costs to create and start-up costs. Some of the businesses have been promoting their products and the fair itself.

A few community partners have been involved in helping to prepare the event, including Chi Kulig, who leads the monthly Rocky Bluff Art Club for kids ages 6 to 12, and Patty White.

Manatee Chamber of Commerce has offered to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the event at 12:45 p.m. Each child will receive a certificate making them honorary Manatee Chamber members.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend the event at Rocky Bluff Library, located at 6750 US Highway 301 N., Ellenton 34222, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library and the Acton Children’s Business Fair. The products on sale will include jewelry, art, repurposed items and baked goods. Free tote bags and earbuds will be given to the first 75 attendees.

Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, x6307, or kelly.foster@mymanatee.org for additional information.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time 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 six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. 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. Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307, for any additional information, or visit mymanatee.org/library and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov

About the Acton Children’s Business Fair: A free program offered to entrepreneurial families by the growing network of Acton Academy schools and the Acton MBA program. Created by Jeff and Laura Sandefer in Austin, Texas, in 2006, its goal is to spark a sense of wonder and entrepreneurship in children. The annual Austin fair has grown to 115 entrepreneurs and 1,500 attendees, from its humble beginnings of only seven entrepreneurs and 25 attendees. Find out more at childrensbusinessfair.org.

About the Manatee Chamber of Commerce: A 5-star accredited chamber of commerce serving the Manatee County region, the Manatee Chamber consists of more than 2,000 member businesses and organizations employing 68,000. With a mission to build a positive business environment while enhancing the community’s quality of life, Manatee Chamber was named National Chamber of the Year and is the only chamber to receive the Florida Chamber of the Year award four times. The Manatee Chamber has offices in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch. For more information, visit ManateeChamber.com and Facebook and Twitter @ManateeChamber.