2020 BBK Experience Calendar!

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Can you believe that it is already the year 2020?! 

The Build a Biz Kids Team have been busy and we can't wait to introduce you to events this year that will help your child learn and develop so many essential soft skills, earn some extra spending money, introducing them to new experiences, all while teaching them about independence, responsibility and financial literacy. Kids are capable of so much AWSOME and we can't wait to let them show it off!

We have an events and opportunities list that is growing and growing but here is what you can expect so far! If you would like any information about any of the specific events, stay tuned as they are announced, or reply to this email. Some events require applications or tickets, some will have limited space and some are complete open! 

We hope to see you a LOT this  year! 
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Perspective Developing Events

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Dragon's Den is pretty great but have you ever wondered how those Entrepreneurs got to be so good at their Business Pitch?

Join us as we attend Volition Advisors Practice Pitch Nights! Watch as Real Entrepreneurs deliver their business pitch and gain valuable feedback from the judges.

RSVP: Required by Email Once Event is Posted
Frequency: Multiple Events a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Location: Vancouver, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Education, Empathy, Business Communication, Public Speaking
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Do You love watching a great TEDtalk? Then you will love Get Inspired. From the Executive Producer of TEDxStanelyPark, Get Inspired Talks is where speakers offer fresh solutions to humanities pressing problems. 

Tickets will go on sale soon! Build a Biz Kids will have a special discount.

RSVP: Tickets are Purchased, Coupon Code Available
Frequency: Twice a year
Next Event: May 23rd, 2020
Location: Vancouver, BC
Valuable Takeaways: New Perspective, Education, Inspiration, Empathy, Public Speaking
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A Hero's Journey is a tough one when youa re in it, but WOW, does it ever make for a great story! Start Up Vancouver hosts Entrepreneur stories from the CEO's & Founders themselves.

The ups, the downs, the tough decisions. This is the real world of an Entrepreneur and they wouldn't have it any other way.

RSVP: RSVP Required by Email Once Event is Posted
Frequency: Mulitple Events a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Locations: Vancouver, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Education, Empathy, Business Concepts, Public Speaking
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Incredible Skill Development Opportunities

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We have so many exciting events coming up this summer and we are looking for BBK Ambassadors to help us Inspire more kids while getting out important messages!

Auditions will be held to find clear & confident communicators who would like to be our spokesperson for our BBK Takeover! Be "On the Scene" & post to our social media to share what's happening & create Excitement.

Auditions will be scheduled soon so stay tuned for more information!

RSVP: Audition Appointment Required
Frequency: Twice a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Location: LowerMainland, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Confidence, Communication, Persuasion, Public Speaking
Contact: Email info@buildabizkids.com
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2nd Annual BBK & Ruben's Shoe's Takeover!!

We are holding auditions to find a team of enthusiastic Ambassadors to host our Social Media Takeover again! Auditions will be scheduled soon so stay tuned! We can't wait to see what engaging content these Kid Commentators come up with this time!

RSVP: Audition Appoiontment Required
Frequency: Once a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Location: Tri Cities, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Confidence, Communication, Persuasion, Public Speaking
Contact: info@buildabizkids.com
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Have you ever imagined being on a stage, sharing your story and inspiring millions? Well you might just get your chance! TEDxYouth is in the works and details will come. The actual TEDxYouth event wont be until 2021 but auditions will be in 2020. 

Details to come, stay tuned!

RSVP: Audition Appointment Required
Frequency: Once a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Locations: Tri Cities, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Public Speaking, Communication, Persuasion, Body Language, Confidence & more!
Contact: Stay Tuned!
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SPRING is Here!! And with it comes our next KidPreneur Programs! We can't wait to see what unique and fun businesses students come up with this year.

We have even more locations this year and registration is already in fun swing! Register Today to ensure your child is ready to go for April.

RSVP: Registration online
Frequency: Once a year
Next Program: April, 2020
Location: North Van, West Van, DT Van, Burnaby, Port Moody, Maple Ridge
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Business Concepts, Financial Literacy, Critical Thinking, Communication, and so much more!!
Website: View Our Schedule & Register Here
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Fun in the Sun & Life Skills Education all mixed into one! What better way to spend your summer than by starting businesses, inventing one of a kind prototypes, and so much more!

Registration is Open! All camp locations will be posted by April, 2020.

RSVP: Registration Online
Frequency: 8 Weeks of Assorted Camps
Next Event: July & August, 2020
Location: North Van, West Van, Burnaby, Van, PoCo, Maple Ridge (coming soon)
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Business Concepts, Financial Literacy, Critical Thinking, Communication, and so much
Website: View Our Schedule & Register Online Here
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With the Holiday Season of giving around the corner, what could be a better time to start your first business!?! KidPreneurs in this program work step by step to start and launch thier first business! 

Real Kids, Real Customers, Real Money, Real Life Experience & Memories to Last a Lifetime!

RSVP: Registration online
Frequency: Once a year
Next Program: September, 2020
Location: North Van, West Van, DT Van, Burnaby, Port Moody, Maple Ridge
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Business Concepts, Financial Literacy, Critical Thinking, Communication, and so much more!!
Website: View our Schedule & Register Here
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Great Experience & Family Fun 

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This is one of the MOST Fun events of the year for the Whole Family! Ruben's Ruckus is like Tough Mudder for Kids. This 3k Obstacle Course will test their endurance and challenge their fears.

All funds raised to towards Ruben's Shoes who builds schools in the Dominican Republic.

RSVP: Tickets for Entry to Race, Free for Spectators
Frequency: One a Year
Next Event: May 9, 2020
Location: Coquitlam, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Resilience, Tenacity, Teamwork, Physical Excercise, Supporting Community Through Fundraising
Website: https://www.rubensruckus.com/
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Build a Biz Kids will be supporting the Port Moody Rotary again this year at Ribfest and we will be on the lookout for some great BBK Representatives to help us out! 

Funds raised will go towards the Port Moody Rotary who contribute to great causes all over the world. 

RSVP: Entry by Donation
Frequency: Once a year
Next Event: TBA, 2020
Location: Port Moody, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Confidence Building, Helping Others, Sales, Public Speaking
Website: http://www.portmoodyribfest.ca/
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If you are looking for an opportunity to continue building your business while stepping up your game, then Bratz Biz is the place for you. This Kids Market Day is held in Whistler just in time for Xmas Giving. 

Apply early for this one! It's very competative and will surely help you sharpen your skills. 

RSVP: Application Online
Frequency: Once a Year
Next Event: TBA, Winter 2020
Locations: Whistler, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Financial Literacy, Sales, Communication, Customer Service, Critical Thinking, and more!
Website: https://bratzbiz.ca/
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What About After Their Business Program?

We are so excited to meet & work with each and every child who enters into a Build a Biz Kids Program, but we are EVEN MORE excited to see what they go on to do afterwards!

Our mission is to help students learn the critical skills required to take action on their ideas while helping them develop empathy for the world around them. Our programs do not just teach theory, but practice Action! But practice in learning lab can only go so far. We need our students to identify opportunities outside of our program and in their real lives. That's practice; that is putting in their 10,000 hours to mastery.

Every graduate, & their parents from one of our programs, is invited to a very special Facebook Group that focuses on future development. Our students have been notified of additional opportunities to run their businesses throughout their communities. They have also been invited to additional education events and so much more!

In just the last week, our students have been able to participate in 2 incredible opportunities. Last weekend, our students set up shop and joined in a Real Adult Handmade Market through the Tri Cities Collective! That's right! They got to set up their businesses right next to adults who do this kind of thing all the time to make profit and provide for their families. That is real world experience that they will reflect on for years.

But my most favorite activity our students were invited to was a Pitch Competition hosted by SingularityU & I-onConnect. That's right, a real live Dragons Den where 5 finalists got to pitch their businesses to a panel of 6 judges and the winner walked away with $40k and support to make their business really take off. For a KidPreneur of 10 or 11 to get to watch something like that was incredible to see. It was some high tech content, in some cases, and big picture ideas, but they all "got it". They not only got it, they asked great follow up questions, had their own opinions based on what they heard, and overall, kept remarking how exciting it all was.

Kids, and people in general, only know that which they are exposed to. In just 1 week, Build a Biz Kids Students were able to rub shoulders running their businesses alongside as equals to adults who have been doing it for years. They were able to learn from these veterans on what works and how they can improve. They were also given the "thumbs up" from the winner of the pitch competition and told that they could do this too. That they could have an idea, learn how to make a great pitch, and that others who believe in what you believe will help you make it a reality.

All in all, this week has been a busy one, but full of momentous moments that will surely stick with these lucky students for years to come and shape the many spectacular things they do.

We invite you and your children to become a part of our alumni. Expose them to all that is possible in the world. Show them what you wish you were shown as a child. Give them the opportunity to learn the skills, that took us 10 and 20 years to learn, now.

Summer camps are open for registration online. Our fall KidPreneur Programs will be opening for registration soon. Be sure to like us on Facebook & Sign Up for our Newsletter so you wont miss any of these great opportunities.

We look forward to meeting you and your KidPreneur soon!


16 KidPreneurs Launch Their Businesses!

It was an exciting day at Henderson Place Mall on November 24th! 16 Build a Biz Kids, bright eyed and primed with nine weeks of business launch preparation stormed the mall to set up shop. Armed with their handmade signage, display decor and for some, copious amounts of product; the kids each built their own stands ready for their first customers.

Branding and merchandising lessons prevailed as we watched each of the unique businesses take shape. From disco lights & music to chalkboard menus for gift set options and even a ‘Square’ device to take card payments, these kids came ready to impress.

With a bit of nervous excitement and an encouraging high five, each business ‘opened’ and our KidPreneur Students became Real Business Operators. As the typically quiet mall was quickly transformed to a bustling marketplace, it wasn’t long before my shoulder was being tapped by a lineup of kids full of pure joy because they wanted to tell me they made their first sale.

For four hours, we watched our entrepreneur lessons come to life with professionalism. We were so impressed by how disciplined each student was as they presented their products and turned each onlooker into a paying customer.

They practiced! There wasn't an excuse to not buy that they didn't have a rebuttal for.  "I don't have a dog that needs a leash" was answered with "Do you have friends that have dogs?". "I'm not hungry at the moment" was quickly converted with "but you might be hungry in an hour."

But not every customer was so kind. "I don't like slime" and "No, no, I don't want any" were also met with smiles. In fact, the kids all giggled it off saying, "Wow, they are grumpy!"

These encounters, although at first glance may look negative, will build up thier resilience & communication. This one day will provide years of confidence and empowerment for them to draw upon when life starts to feel tough.

The amount of support from parents, friends and our incredible community has left us speechless. Before the market ended, more than half of the business had completely sold out of product. But even though they sold out, not one child left but rather stayed to support one another, talk to customers and some even took back- orders for more products.

Not only did every KidPreneur have an incredible day of success, many, if not most, overcame some form adversity to do it.

We can't wait to hand out these hard working graduates KidPreneur Certificates and celebrate graduation next week.

We also can't wait to meet our next group of students in our Winter/Spring program starting next January. If you would like to learn more or enroll your child into one of our programs, Visit Our Website Here


KidPreneur Market Day Announced!

We are excited to announce that our Fall Programmings Market Day date and location is ready to be announced! Please come out and visit our NEW Batch of KidPreneurs who have worked so hard in their program to become the best KidPreneur they can, but they need your support and the opportunity to present their goods!

Date: November 24th, Saturday

Time: Market Opens from Noon to 4pm

Location: Henderson Place Mall,  1163 Pinetree Way Coquitlam. Lower Level Centre Concorse. Mall is next to Coquitlam Library with lot's of parking

This semester we will have around 20 KidPreneurs set up just in time for Xmas gift shopping. They have planned & developed their business model, pricing, testing and product design. They have learned about customer serviced and practiced their customer sales pitch. What they need now is real world experience interacting with customers just like you!

Please share this date and come out to support kids and find some really cool, one of a kind, products for Xmas gift buying.

See you there!


Being Aware While Still Having Fun!

This weekend was a fun filled event for Build a Biz Kids. We were honoured to be volunteering at the Port Moody RibFest in the Kids Center where we had an information booth along with 3 games for kids of all ages. If you haven’t been to RibFest before, you missed out on a great event so be sure to put it into your calendar for next year.

But back to the topic of this blog. Every time we do an event we love people/family watching and observing others as it can help you to learn a lot about yourself as well as perhaps seeing through a child’s lens of the world and the people they interact with around them.

I have a few stories I would love to tell over the next few blogs that I hope will help you with your own personal journey of continuing to become a great parent and mentor to your children so they, will in turn, become successful and fulfilled adults.

The first story is an observation our VP noticed of a family of 4. Mom and Dad along with 2 kids between about 6 and 8 years.

We had 2 great games provided by the event, both along the same lines. Throw the ball or hit the puck into the wooden cut outs to test your skill & accuracy.

This family was undoubtedly having a wonderful family day together. They looked like any other family when they walked up, however, he just noticed that through their fun and laughter, they may have created a behaviour habit that we noticed wasn’t encouraging their children to try new things or take risks. Of course, once observing this, I encourage you to look in yourself, as we try to do, on whether we are also unknowingly do this as well.

Here's the innocent interaction that occurred. Each parent went up to the football toss to try their skill at throwing the football through one of the two holes in the quarterback cutout. Mom walks up and takes a try, misses and the ball bounces off the boards. The dad starts laughing very hard and encourages the kids to do the same. “Haha, you missed!”

Dad steps up and tries, misses as well. Mom roars in laughter and gets the kids giggling and pointing at dad and how he failed. “Haha, you suck!”

Everyone was having an innocent enough of a time and laughing lots which is always great but when the parents asked the kids if they wanted to try…. Unsurprisingly, each said no.

This exchange was short and innocent. Something I can see myself doing with my friends at a carnival when one tries to win the big stuffed animal and doesn’t even come close to making it. We all laugh and taunt them and it’s all in good fun with no ones feelings getting hurt. We all understand the spirit of the moment and it's a super fun time.

But in this moment, the parents are having a great time but have perhaps unknowingly created an environment where their kids don’t understand that “spirit” and have developed a fear around failing with witnesses. They have seen what happens to you when you “fail”. You are mocked, laughed at and told you suck by those you hope to have acceptance and encouragement from. Who would want to take risks in that environment?

I write this not to shame this family. Truly, we have all done this as kids, teens and adults when around peers. But like many instances, our kids haven’t developed their confidence yet and need reasons to try new things, not shy away from them.

All in all, it can sometimes be tough to understand context as adults when it comes to how you relax and converse with your best friend and significant other, vs when you are around your kids. Laughter, joking, and lightheartedness is strongly encouraged; just remember, the minds of children don't develop over night. They evolve based on the conditioning their environment presents to them.


These Aren't Real Businesses...

Businesses are Big, Daunting Tasks. Surely these 7 year olds aren’t starting a REAL Business…. Right?

One of the best days I have had so far with Build a Biz Kids was at the Tinypreneurs show this year. Tinypreneurs hosts a tradeshow exclusively of kids where they set up shop and sell their wares. It was so cool seeing these young kids take pride in products they have made and proudly speaking to potential customers about why they made each item and why the customer should buy one.

Kids have a truly authentic enthusiasm that you can’t help but get wrapped up in.

But getting back to why it was a fantastic day……

Aside from Tinypreneurs being a great event overall, coincidentally there was a small craft fair running right next to them of about 25 vendors, all adults. Walking through the kid’s booths and then taking a stride down the “grown up” businesses, they were alarmingly similar.

With exception to perhaps more expensive packaging and a lack of crayon signage, the parallels gave me a bit of a chuckle.

The adult craft fair had a delicious bake goods stand of short break cookies and other baked delights, but we had an adorable sibling team who had bags of cookies for sales as well.

There was an adult vendor selling gift cards and post cards, but we had a kid of only 11 who took incredible photographs of nature and was selling non-stop by making the pictures into gift cards, postcards and bookmarks.

Another Adult vendor had handmade soaps and candles, but, so did we on the kids side.

The list goes on. These adults have their own business and brands of products that they make and sell and repeat every weekend, online and beyond. Many earn a living this way. So, aside from the number of booths the adults run vs the kids and the online savvy of the adults having online stores (although some of our kids had that nailed down as well) these kids are taking the same steps and building a real business, the same as you or I would.

The one difference I did notice, however, was the difference in social contribution. The kids of this generation have a different perspective than perhaps generations previous to them. They want to help, they want to give back, and not just because it sounds good; but because it feels good and it keeps them motivated during the hard times.

We have created blogs on social entrepreneurship and will continue to do so in the future but needless to say, I was so proud to see so many kids taking action. They all took ownership of their businesses and many will continue to grow and adapt them as they learn more and more about their product, their market and their consumer needs.

Keep it up, everyone, of all ages!

To help nurture and grow your KidPreneur, take a look at our summer camp and after school programs registering now.


Youth Charity Movement

The kids at elite academy have discovered the drive that comes when helping others.

As a team that met though academic advancement program, they began discussing ways they could make a difference in their community.

After much research they decided that the Eagle Ridge Hospital foundation would be well suited to receive their donations. These students sourced the most in demand products among their peers… Junk Food!

By setting up a snack shack at high school, these students are able to turn a profit on chips. This profit is turned around and donated to Eagle Ridge Hospital.

After hearing about their fundraising efforts, Eagle Ridge Hospital approached the elite academy students to suggest a specialized initiative. The hospital was gearing up for a campaign to raise funds for hearing aid recipients.

So far this year, the Youth Charity Movement has raised $750 which is half way to their goal of $1,500. Previous years they have raised additional funds for the same cause and show no signs of stopping.

Way to go! We are inspired to see youth helping youth!


Kids 4 Kids - KidPreneur Spotlight

Kids 4 kids – is there a more inspiring purpose for a business? It explains why I was instantly drawn to the energy of three siblings and friends at an event recently. These kids, all wearing t-shirts with simple but powerful messages, were full of charisma so I had to get to know them.

Tell me about your shirts, I asked.

“Our cousin passed away from pediatric cancer. We wanted to honour our cousin and raise money to support the hospital that helped our cousin” http://www.sickkidsfoundation.com/

What a powerful purpose to start a business with.

"How did you come up with the t-shirt ideas?"

“Our friend in Toronto wanted to help us commemorate our cousin and sent us some messages to put on t-shirts.”

I took a look at their collection and these messages are powerful with their simplicity. Messages include:

Un-breakable

Shine your light

Be yourself

I only do me

Trail blazer

I belong

I can and I will (my favorite!)

These amazing shirts can be found here: https://www.teehatch.com/stores/KaJape-Wear

The KaJaPe kids 4 kids seemed to be the life of the party at this market day. I had to know what inspired them.

“We like helping lots of people” they said.

If you saw them in action, I think you would agree with that statement.

I wanted to know, "What is the toughest part about running your own business?"

“The hardest part is when a customer says they will come back but they don’t.”

When asked what other kids could do to start a business, the KaJaPe kids 4 kids stayed true to their simple message:

“Find something you love to do or something nobody else is doing.”

I’m inspired to see kids taking action to make a difference. It was an amazing experience to meet these kidpreneurs and we are excited to see their journey.

Be sure to support them at https://www.teehatch.com/stores/KaJape-Wear

Do you know a KidPreneur doing great things who would like to share their story and inspire other kids? Please contact us at info@buildabizkids.com. We would love to meet them!


Are You A Problem Solver?

Entrepreneurs are problem solvers and some of the best problem solvers I have met are kids.

One of the fun games we like to introduce to students in our programs or visitors to our assorted booths we set up around the city, is a Problem Solving Challenge.  Since the basic concept of entrepreneurship is problem solving, it seemed like a good way to introduce the concept to children. In this challenge we begin with asking for creative solutions to everyday problems.

At our latest event, we choose problems that kids encounter in their everyday lives and asked for innovative ways to solve the following: How to pour milk from large jugs without spilling, ways to keep our shoelaces from coming undone and a new way to clean our teeth (for the kids who think brushing is no fun.)

Some examples of solutions from visitors to our booth include:

· Chewing gum or candy that cleans your teeth

· Mouth guards with tooth paste in them

· Invent a robot that holds a tv screen to watch while his other arm brushes your teeth for you

· A slide made of toothbrushes that you slide down with your mouth open

· Smaller kid sized milk jugs

· Adding a pour spout to the jug

· Adding a clip onto your shoelaces so they wont untie

· Elastic laces that don’t need to be tied

. Glue you put on your laces

Sometimes there is a moment or two of hesitation in self confidence that is presented as either “I don’t know” or “I’ll just ask my mom to do it.” These are answers that feel safe because if we are not sharing an idea, we cannot be judged. The magic happens when we share some of the craziest ideas that other children have presented such as a "lollipop made of toothpaste" and how amazing that is. Once a child hears that another child is celebrated for their creativity, it gives them permission to have crazy ideas as well. It’s fascinating to hear from a child who does not accept the limitations of imagination. They are not confined by the “that’s not possible” internal dialogue.

At the end of the day, our board will filled with crazy, practical, outrageous and thought provoking ideas to solve these simple problems kids run into every day.

But what else can be done to help these kids feel energized and accelerated by their ideas?

Coaching them to evolve those ideas, work with them through the stages of development, and of course, taking action to see them through and take a look at what happens.

Did it solve that problem? Do people like it and want it? Is there something that can be done to make it even better?

This is entrepreneurship. This is building on ideas and trying them out and then learning from those results. That is success! That is exciting!

At Build a Biz Kids, we want kids to challenge the ordinary. Instead of accepting the way things are or how they’ve always been done, we want to inspire kids to innovate a new way to complete a chore, solve a problem or turn a daily routine into a fun activity. Then we want them to do it! follow through is key.

Our aim is to empower solution oriented action takers and create a community of kids that see the problems around them as opportunities to be creative.

To discover more about our programs, visit our website at https://buildabizkids.com. Summer Camps for 2018 are registering now!