Rocky Bluff to Host Youth Business Fair

Rocky Bluff to Host Youth Business Fair in February
Posted on 11/28/2018

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (November 28, 2018) – Know a creative kid with a bright business idea? The Manatee Youth Business Fair, to be held at Rocky Bluff Library on Saturday, February 9, from 1 to 4 PM, will give children (ages 6 to 17), the opportunity to create, promote and sell a product or service that they create in a one-day outdoor market.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library and the Acton Children’s Business Fair, the philanthropy arm of the Acton Academy and Acton MBA programs, based in Austin, TX, whose purpose is to promote entrepreneurial skills among children.

Acton fairs have been held since 2007, starting in Austin and expanding throughout the United States. Several Acton Fairs have already been held in Florida, including one earlier this month in Orlando through the Orange County Library System.

The initial Acton Children’s Fair started with only 10 booths and 25 attendees but has grown over the past 11 years to 100 booths and 1,500 attendees.

Manatee Youth 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. Some questions Acton gives the young entrepreneurs to ponder before deciding whether to participate with their product and service ideas are:

  • What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you?
  • How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back?
  • How will you advertise/market your business before the fair?
  • At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success?

The fair will be a tented outdoor event in the parking lot of the Rocky Bluff Library, located at 6750 US Highway 301 N., Ellenton 34222. Each business will be provided a six-foot table and two chairs. Space is limited, and registration is required. 

All businesses must be approved. Teams of 2 or 3 participants per business also will be considered. All accepted business ideas will require a $10 participation fee to The Friends of Rocky Bluff Library which will be refunded upon completion of the event.

Manatee Libraries also invites local businesses to present related workshops to young entrepreneurs around the time of the event. Topics can include branding, customer service, social media, financing, leadership and public relations. Interested businesses should contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, x6307, or kelly.foster@mymanatee.org.

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 about Acton.