Benjamin's Entrepreneurial Journey

Starting a business is a Journey no matter how old you are! This is Benjamin's story from choosing his product, the trials and errors of perfecting his product, to making game day decisions to increase his sales and success!

"My name is Benjamin an my business is called Benjamin’s Bomb-a-licious Bath Balms. The teacher of the class was doing a slide show and none of them really caught my eyes or my focus but when I saw the bath bombs I really felt engaged and I really wanted to do it. It took me a long time and a lot of tries and they always kept on falling apart. We actually made them last minute yesterday 9 to 12. There's a lot of things here that you don't learn at school and I had no idea they ever existed before I took this program. It also, it teaches kids how to fend for themselves instead of their parents buying them stuff and learning to earn money and learning how to do this before they grow up. Well I didn't really get a lot of customers at in the first 30 minutes so I was kind of worried 'cause I didn't make any money, but then my uncle came and he told me to upgrade my elevator pitch and now I have a lot of customers"

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Kid entrepreneur programming is offered by Build a Biz Kids, a local non profit society focused on helping kids to develop and strengthen their essential soft skills. Students gain confidence, and learn foundational skills such as critical thinking, resiliency, financial literacy, leadership, decision making, self awareness, communication, public speaking, and so much more! Find out more about us and our incredible students at http://BuildaBizKids.com


"Those Big Lumps In Your Path" Brynne

Meet Brynne! She had a tough time in her Kid Entrepreneur Program and has to make some tough last minute choices on her business. But her resiliency muscle was flexed and the payoff was HUGE for her.

"My name is Brynne and the name of my business is Wooden Wonders. My favorite part of the program, it was honestly, it was really hard when things kept popping up when I was under a lot of stress during the time where I was preparing. I had to come up with a last minute resort but my favorite part was the best feeling when you overcome that and when a customer comes up, and all you’ve been through is just for this one moment where you're selling. It's amazing! When like yes, OK here's your money, feels awesome because you know all of these things you struggled through. It's the best feeling when you get over them and this customer comes up, not knowing what happened, but they still want to buy stuff from you. There will always be those big lumps in your path and it'll be hard to get through them but you will and it’s the best feeling after that. They should take this program 'cause it teaches them, it's really fun of course, but it also teaches them to get over these big struggles and it will all turn out OK if you just keep working through it."

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Kid entrepreneur programming is offered by Build a Biz Kids, a local non profit society focused on helping kids to develop and strengthen their essential soft skills. Students gain confidence, and learn foundational skills such as critical thinking, resiliency, financial literacy, leadership, decision making, self awareness, communication, public speaking, and so much more! Find out more about us and our incredible students at http://BuildaBizKids.com

 


Owen's Lesson in Resiliency

Are you ready for a lesson in Resiliency? Meet Owen from Purrfect Totes! he has a few lessons he wants to teach you, and kids, about starting your own business and how tough it can be sometimes.

"My name is Owen and my business name is perfect totes. My favorite part of the program would probably be during market day because market day is when you get sales. You're so happy but then people don't come and you have to prepare yourself to get ready for people saying no to you and being denied. Everybody should take this program because it gets you prepared for real life. people are gonna say no to you, walk by you and say I'm gonna come back later and just run. So it's a great program to get you ready for people to say no and still say thank you."

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Kid entrepreneur programming is offered by Build a Biz Kids, a local non profit society focused on helping kids to develop and strengthen their essential soft skills. Students gain confidence, and learn foundational skills such as critical thinking, resiliency, financial literacy, leadership, decision making, self awareness, communication, public speaking, and so much more! Find out more about us and our incredible students at http://BuildaBizKids.com


KidPreneur Graduate Wins 1st Place in Inventor Competition!

Congratulations Isaac! This Inventor/KidPreneur is continuing to take his skills to greater heights and challenging himself by innovating new products for market.

His latest creation, The Marble Run! It's so fun! Not only is it a marble race or a maze, but it is one you build yourself and can change over and over again!

Inventors are great at making new inventions, whether they are fun or solving a problem. But Isaac is also a KidPreneur because he has learned how to package and sell his inventions as well. In fact, when I first saw his Marble Run, I thought he was ReSelling them! They looked so professional!

Checkout these pictures of how he packages them.

       

Shrink wrapped with custom instructions, bagged little pieces and a great logo, Issac first launched these gems at the Tinypreneurs 2019 event to see how they would sell.

Previously, in our Build a Biz Kids Fall 2018 program, Isaac started his Entrepreneur adventure making Churros. That's right, Churros! Who doesn't love those! He made them in the morning and then brought a toaster oven and "add on" dipping sauce as a tasty up-sell. His marble run was a different type of market and, as we have seen at many of our markets, didn't sell as fast as the impulse buy food did.

But everything is a learning experience and there are many factors to consider when working to make a product "successful" such as price, packaging, how you display it and what your method for distribution is, but also the product itself. Is it something the market actually wants?

Issac put it to the test! He entered an inventor content through Instructables and waited for the feedback. He had lot's of comments asking questions and complementing his innovation. That's a great sign! But then, after waiting patiently, he finally heard back! While it wasn't the Grand Prize, he won 1st place and a nice gift card to go with it! He was onto something!

What to do now.... Well, Isaac, congratulations on your Big Win! We have no doubt that you will make this business a success just like your Churro business. It's just finding the right combination of your business factors and then you are off to success!

Isaac and his brother just finished our Inventor's Paradise summer camp and made some pretty incredible creations. We hope to see him back again and can't wait to hear what he is up to next !

Here's a link to his Instructables Contest Entry with Video.


Meet Alexa! This Weeks KidPreneur Profile!!

Alexa is a Real KidPreneur! Here's a bit about Alexa and her journey as a KidPreneur with Build a Biz Kids!

It Started at Summer Camp!

Alexa started with us at just 10 years old in our Lemonade Stand Challenge Summer Camp with her brother. Her camp worked hard and was divided girls against the boys. Together, both teams created their own business strategies and launch their businesses to raise funds for the great local Charity, Starfish Pack!

Altogether, these students raised a HUGE $490 in their 1 week camp!!! WOW!

Full KidPreneur Spring Program, Continuing Her Development!

Next, Alexa took on the challenge and enrolled in our 10 week KidPreneur Start Up Program where she was inspired by a family friend's business. From that, Alexa's Take-and-Bake was born! She sold mason jars filled with Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie ingredients that you can just Take-and-Bake! Her packaging was beautiful and her Pop Up Shop Launch was a Success! She says that she is excited to keep growing it with new recipes!

Alexa's advice to other kids wanting to start their own business is twofold.
1. Focus on your packaging and display. Attractive packaging and a nice looking business will attract more customers to your business to buy from you.
2. Practice your elevator pitch. You will need to practice what you want to say to a customer because you only have a small amount of time to tell them what you have.

Continuing Her Practical Skills Development

Alexa, along with another BBK KidPreneur Ishani, did an Instagram Takeover for Ruben's Shoes at their Annual Ruben's Rukus event! Alexa and Ishani were able to go around interviewing kids about their experience and building their public speaking and confidence!

Where to Next? 
The great thing about Alexa is she loves a new challenge. She takes over the mic at her brothers ball games to announce the players during the game and is in musical theatre as well. I'm sure we haven't see the last of her!

Your child can start their entrepreneurial journey This Summer! The Lemonade Stand Challenge is BACK along with a brand new camp, Inventor's Paradise!

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What Will My Child Learn From Entrepreneurship?

It's a great question. If I spend my hard earned dollars and place my child in an Entrepreneurship Program, rather than something else, perhaps more conventional, what will they learn? What will they get out of it?

It really is a great question, but it also really depends. Here is what I mean:

Meet Jake. Jake is an incredible kid that we had the pleasure of working with last fall in our KidPreneur Programming. Jake is full of energy, ideas and was excited about what he was about to embark upon. This was Jake's first semester with us.

During his first program, Jake commented in his interview that he loved building a business. He liked working with money and he liked designing his product, which was a dog leash. "That's great", you might be saying. Jake had fun. But what did he get out of it? What did her learn?

For that answer, we could ask his parents. In their interview, they were so happy to find a program that Jake took an interest in, as well as ownership of. He wasn't a big into sports or other conventional kid activities. This was something where he could express himself, make BIG decisions and see the fruits of his labour, not just in money, but in reactions from the general public, his peers and his own internal satisfaction.

How do we know so much? Aside from the obvious answer that we try to ask each student and parent for feedback and insight, we know because Jake came back to take the same program again and this time he did things differently.

His first product, dog leashes, was at the higher end of the price range at $12. For that reason, he noticed that he didn't sell quite as much as some of his fellow classmates whose products were in the $3-$8 range. He also noticed that the food items were selling out at most booths. With observations like these, he rolled up his sleeves and made a plan.

Jake's Giant Cookies were born and THIS business was a HIT! His GIANT Cookies were one of the first booth's to sell out and that was as much as any entrepreneur could hope for.

At Build a Biz Kids, we know that our students are more receptive when other students teach them, as opposed to adults, so whenever possible we try to create opportunities for that to happen. When a student returns for a second or third semester, we offer them the opportunity to choose a class where they feel they can add the most value and teach a portion of class. Jake LOVED Market Day, which is interesting because he didn't do as well as he had hoped the first time around, but he learned a lot and was keen to share it. He spoke of how to prepare for the day, what to bring and so on, as well as how to talk to customers to get a sale. The advice was great for the other students to hear but what an incredible opportunity for Jake to be a mentor in his class.

So, when a parent asks us, what will my child learn, it really is hard to say. We can answer with things like financial literacy, problem solving, public speaking, build confidence and leadership, but it really depends on your child. Each student loves a different aspect of class, a different stage in building a business. Some love the creative outlet in product design and marketing, others love the challenge of speaking with the general public and seeing what reactions they can get out of them. Others just love the idea of making their own money. But they always learn something. EVERY Child pulls real world life skills and builds resilience that can carry them through into any activity they venture into in life.

That is what this program is about. It doesn't matter if your child becomes an entrepreneur when they grow up. That's not the point. The point is the give them the space to make decisions that impact, for better or worse, something they care about. Something they are calling the shots on and taking full ownership of. This is life. We are just exposing them to it a little earlier in a safe environment rather than thrusting them into it after high school graduation when real debt and consequences can be more significant.

 


This KidPreneur Has More Ingenuity Than Most Adult-Preneurs

This weekend, many of our graduates came out to another great event where they could set up their businesses and practice their skills while earning real money. (Earn while you Learn is a great motto to live by)

Everyone arrived and was given direction on where their tables were and started setting up. As it so happens, this event spread out into two areas: Outdoors with the music and festivities, and inside, around the corner and up a very long set of stairs to an unmarked location. Half of our graduates ended up outside, the others were inside upstairs along with a few other KidPreneur Businesses.

It was hard to tell what traffic was going to be like on the day in both areas. Would it get so hot that everyone went inside, or didn't come out at all? Or would they just stick to the sunshine and the businesses upstairs would get lighter traffic than the rest. Here's the thing. As an entrepreneur, you make your own success. That's it. Period.

Over the years consulting with assorted business owners, understanding that success is in their hands is a concept they believe in the good times, but, when it get's tough, their commentary can change to all sorts of justifying or complaining. My competitor is poaching my clients. Customers don't understand why my products are so good. The stores wont return my calls and buy my product. My Sales Reps wont do what I tell them to.

And the list goes on.

But for the ones who get it, their mind is always in solution mode. Is there a vendor outside who didn't show up? Can I move my business out there? Yes? No? It never hurts to ask. What about making your own signs? Posting them up to direct customers up to your table? Or best of all, what if you bring yourself, to them!

Well that is what two of these KidPreneurs did! One of our graduates, Tiaga, was selling Snowcones. An amazing ideas that would be sure to sell well on a hot day like it was. What did he do? He took 2 of his posters downstairs and posted them with arrows on the doors downstairs to lead people up. Then he took a 3rd sign and walked around with it until a customer wanted what he was selling. He would walk with him upstairs, make his order and then do it all over again!

Another Kid Vendor was selling bubble tea. He decided to make 4 orders in assorted flavours and then walk downstairs to sell them directly to customers. Once sold out, he came back up stairs, made some more and did it all over again.

There were so many comments from the adult vendors about these kids who were business savvy well beyond their years. They were excited about their businesses and couldn't wait to make the day work for them. On top of that, a portion of all of Tiaga's profits always go to the Children's Hospital.

So today, as you sit at your desk and wish that you had more customers, or more calls coming in, or whatever it is, be Tiaga. How can you force results, rather than wishing it would work the way we see it in the movies. We are so proud and can't wait to see what these kids go onto do next!

Tiaga attended our Summer Camp & Fall Semester Programming. Both are open for registration now.

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Meet Violet, One of Our Boldest Students Yet!

Have you seen Violet's business? If you have been anywhere within a few feet of it, I bet you have. How do I know? Because Violet is incredible at speaking to Every New Potential Customer who walks by her table and won't let you walk away until you hear about her budding business!

While all of our students are excited to build their business and are nearly bouncing off the walls the night before a big Market Day, Violet really focused on her training and understood that it isn't enough to just set up her booth and hope people come running. It isn't about a shy child vs one that is not. It was about her focus on getting the job done and working through what works best and what doesn't. Violet wanted to be successful and continues to practice this skill.

For all of our Build a Biz Kid Graduates, we offer additional opportunities to build their businesses and learn new skills. Violet jumped at the chance to participate in a real adult Market hosted by the Tri Cities Collective in Port Moody.

Her first Market Day was a part of her program with Build a Biz Kids. She set up shop, spoke to customers, made some sales and had a lot of fun. when she came to set up for her second market, Wow! Violet didn't just set up the same business and hope that things went better. She improved her business, she observed other students businesses on the previous market day and then tried some new approaches.

The first thing she did was expand her product line strategically. Violet sold handmade jewelry using up-cycled materials. She offered earrings and bracelets with reasonable price tags. She had a beautiful display with all of the colors everything came in for easy view and clearly marked information with prices.

So what did she add? A simple, low cost matching hair pin. She consciously thought of price when making these because she wanted an easy up sell or low cost item for someone who didn't have enough money to buy a full set. By the end of the day, we asked how it went and, low and hold, her hair pins were the best seller.

We try to make a point to interview each student at their market to understand how they are processing the day. This market was different. They were set up next to adult vendors selling competitive products who do this for a living. That's some steep competition so we asked her how she felt about it. “It’s cool and doesn’t feel competitive because none of them are anything like my products." YES! That's exactly the mindset we hope to instill in each KidPreneur. What you are doing is special and unique; just focus on your customers and your business model. There is enough room for everyone.

We asked Violet what she learned at this market and what she might do differently at the next one. She noted that her earrings weren't selling as well as she liked, but her bracelets were. “For the next market, I might make some adjustments like a better display or lower the price.” The learning process is never complete in Entrepreneurship and Violet is a Real KidPreneur taking this approach.

It can't be underestimated how much resiliency is developed by placing our children in these kinds of real world situations. By giving them the right mindset before embarking on something so BIG in their worlds, Violet saw a lack in sales as an opportunity for HER to improve. Not to complain about how the world is not giving her money or treating her nicely. This attitude will serve her in all aspects of her life as she grows into an incredible teenager and adult.

Violet gave some quick advice to other kids wanting to start their own business. “Know where you are going to sell and your target customer and don’t make too much product or you’ll be selling to your friends forever!” That is fantastic advice Violet! See you at the next Market Day!

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4 Successful Summer Camps, Over $1000 Raised for Charities

What a Summer!!??!! A HUGE thank you to all of our parents, students & community who supported our KidPreneur Summer Camps! And of course, a Gigantic thank you to Vancity for the support and use of their facilities and our friends at each of the local grocers we were able to set up shop with! We couldn't have done it without you.

This summer, Vancity nominated 4 incredible local charities that the students raised money for through their lessons in social entrepreneurship with Build a Biz Kids.

    * SHARE Family & Community Services

    * 3030 Gordon Project 

    * Starfish Backpack 

    * PoCo Youth Services

All together, in less than 3 hours of hustle in each camp, about an hour per team, they raised WELL OVER $1000!

Through teamwork, determination, learning and execution, these kids have made a big difference in their communities.

Next up are our After School programs starting in September. Many of our Summer Camp Students have already registered but there is still space left.

Students in our after school programs start their own business, step by step, and   learn what it feels like to create a product that someone else wants, to hear no more than once and still be successful, to earn their own money and understand the value of it, and so much more!

We have 2 locations available in the Tri Cities/Burnaby area and the ages are broken up for 7-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds so we can really dive into the reading, writing and mathematics.

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Don't wait long, many parents have already pre-registered their child and each class has limited space.