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.

Click here to see our current schedule

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


What Will My Kids Takeaway After Their Program?

Often as parents, when we spend money and time on our children, we, rightly so, ask ourselves what is the value in this? What will they takeaway or learn? Is it worth it?

This summer we are wrapping up the last of our summer camp programs and kids from 7-12 years have walked through as a team, starting their own Lemonade Stand Business.

Lemonade Stands have been around for a very long time and seem fairly basic. Get a table, get some lemonade and see if anyone will buy it that is walking by. What is there to teach that they couldn't learn on their own?

Well, let's step back a moment, shall we? In all aspects of life, any action we do can be done with a varying level of depth and effort. Sports, work, exercising, cleaning the house and so on. Likewise, a "business", or in this case, a lemonade stand, is the same way.

Have you been to Playland this summer or any local fair? Have you ever seen that BIG Lemon shaped stand that sells fresh squeezed lemonade (which is absolutely delicious btw)? Well, people pay their mortgage doing that. The only difference is the level they decided to take their lemonade stand vs what I did with my Kool-Aid stand as a kid.

On our summer camp program, kids learn about what a business is but also the information, brainstorming and action required to really make it a success.

They didn't just sell lemonade, they came up with different recipes, mixed them and then asked the public to try their concoctions for feedback on sweetness and preference. Information = one step closer to success.

Next, they came up with names, a brand, posters with which to attract attention and promote their business. Brainstorming & Teamwork = taking action that will get them one more step closer to success.

Then, it's the big day! Pressure is on. Time to communicate a message and convert passersby into sales. They role play, practice, watch videos on customer service and how to offer value. Information + Action = a BIG Success for any first business.

Of course they also understand their costs, profit, and pricing as bonuses.

But let's go back to the initial question. What will my kids takeaway after the program?

Here is a quick, tangible example. Meet Taiga and Rio. Two brothers who took on our Lemonade Stand Challenge just a couple weeks ago. Once their program was done, it appears that the entrepreneurial bug dug in deep and they decided to use what they learned and run with it! They started a Snow Cone Stand for Charity! How incredible is that!

We couldn't be more proud of these two and can't wait to see them this fall in our after school program where they can take what they have already learned and kick it up even more!

So, after your child's program, maybe they are inspired to sell something else? Perhaps they want to raise money for charity or save up for that new video game. Perhaps they don't start a business at all. But what they will take away is a new way of looking at the world around them. They will know that they can take on a challenge, step by step, and make something happen. They will know that everything has a cost, money and time, and that if they gather enough information, they can make decisions that can earn a profit or deliver a desired outcome.

True, our students don't come home with each day with tangible items such as hand made mugs or cards written for mom and dad. Instead, they come home with practical knowledge that can potentially empower them for a lifetime.

For more information on our Summer Camps & Upcoming Fall After School Programs Registering Now, Visit https://buildabizkids.com/as-adwords-%26-fb-landing


Don't Be a Dreamer

“You see that widget over there? I came up with that idea 10 years ago and should be rich..."

“I have this great idea. I’m totally going to make it this year. It’s going to be HUGE….”

“I’m writing a book. When did I start writing it? Oh, about 12 years ago. I just need the time to get it done and it will be a best seller….”

Do any of these sound familiar? Maybe you know someone who sounds like this, maybe that person is you. These are the statements of ideas that have expired and concepts lacking action. They are statements from dreamers.

Now don’t get me wrong, dreaming is great! Have lots of dreams, be creative and get inspired. But without action, you are missing out on more than just potentially a lot of money. You are missing out on internal fulfillment, exponential learning, greater perspective, and personal growth.

Our KidPreneur programs at Build a Biz Kids are focused on entrepreneurship, yes, but more importantly, they are about capturing ideas and immediately taking action in a supportive and encouraging environment. If we can teach kids to take action on their uninhibited ideas at an early age, just think of how much experience, growth, perspective, not to mention good old fashion self awareness they will have by the time they graduate high school!

Our greatest hope for our students is that they learn to identify areas of concern in their communities, seek possible solutions, and then rally those around them to take action. It can be a business venture, or it could be to help the elderly man down the street with his lawn mowing, or raising money for their local animal shelter, writing letters to their mayor about improving their schools and the list goes on.

We no longer want to raise dreamers, but rather, change makers. Kids who are taking action because they have the confidence, knowledge, and experience to do so.

For more information on our Kid Entrepreneurship programming for the summer, or coming up in September with after school programs, please visit https://buildabizkids.com/program-descriptions. Our programs were designed by entrepreneurs & parents for kids ages 7-12 years. We believe these are crucial years where their ideas are still unleashed and their confidence is prime for development.


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!


Just a "Pinch of Magic" - KidPreneur Spotlight

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Kimi and Sam, the creative minds behind Just a Pinch of Magic. A fantasy themed craft team encouraged by their love of unicorns, mermaids, rainbows and more! When asked about their inspiration for bringing their crafts to market they said:

“Because we love unicorns and believe that other people must then love unicorns too; maybe they will love them enough to buy what we make.”

These two kidpreneurs seem to embody the old adage: Do what you love and the money will follow. In fact, “watching the money roll in” was Sam’s response to her favorite part of the market day before laughing it off and following up with “actually, I enjoy connecting with new people and talking about our products.”

With poise and charisma, these two creative entrepreneurs connected with every customer that traveled past their craft table. Their enthusiasm for their products and excellent customer service was only surpassed by their passion and dedication to the cause for which they were raising funds. A close family member is a survivor of blood cancer. The girls have decided to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC) Light The Night Walk to pay tribute and bring hope to all those affected by blood cancer.

From Kimi’s Light Facebook page: In my own small way, I want to make a difference and I decided to use bonding time with my mom over crafts and sell them to raise money and help out. It beats out asking for donation over and over and I get to learn a lot during the process. Win win. Help me reach my goals by sharing my page, donating or purchasing. Thank you so much.

When asked what it means to be an entrepreneur, Kimi and Sam both responded with clarity:

“Entrepreneurship is problem solving, dedication and tracking.”

They also noted a few struggles can can come with being a KidPreneur.

“having to do math on the weekend is hard”

“giving back the right change”

“keeping track of orders”

These were all situations they encountered during the first part of their day, however in true entrepreneur fashion, these challenges were discussed between the two of them and systems & solutions were implemented immediately to remedy them.

“writing down the orders to keep track”

“we each count the change being given so we are double checking together”

With the support of their parents and their own ambitions, these two have developed a phenomenal skill set of creative problem solving and innovation. I am excited by the potential of young minds that have discovered their ability to go from idea to action. Kimi and Sam are clearly on their way to amazing accomplishments and we are honoured to have met them early in their journey.

When asked if they had any last piece of advice for future entrepreneurs, the girls shared this gem about social entrepreneurship:

“Do it for a good cause so that you are motivated to continue” – Just a Pinch of Magic


Advice from "TinyPreneurs"

What is entrepreneurship? - “problem solving” says one young entrepreneur at this weekends tinypreneur event. The event was an inspiring market day for kidpreneurs to sell their wares and for most – raise funds for a good cause.

“Do it for a good cause and you’ll stay motivated” said Kim – an 11yr old entrepreneur.

Raising money for a good cause was a theme at this years Tinypreneurs event. Children were selling products they created and designed with portions of proceeds going to various charities. When asked for more information on the charities the children lit up. Often, the response was about a family member who had an illness. Some were survivors but others were not. The kids spoke proudly about the reasons for donating the funds:

“In honour of my cousin...”

“So we can end the problem with….”

“So that less people have to suffer from…”

“Because this hospital helped my sister and I want to help them in return”.

These social entrepreneurs are an inspiration. When asked what advice they would give other kids who are thinking about being an entrepreneur – the girls at Wubble Slimes (Instagram: @wubbleslimes) said “find something you love and sell it because someone else probably will love it too.” They also advised using social media such as Youtube for “how to make your product” and Instagram “as a starting place for advertising” and Etsy as a great online storefront.

Belle’s Beads said the key to being an entrepreneur is to “Have no fear – be brave.” Amazing and simple advice we should all follow.

Alexa, from Alexa’s Bracelets, had this gem of wisdom to share with future kidpreneurs. “Even if you don’t sell anything, be proud of yourself for showing up and trying.”

It’s remarkable to hear the wisdom of these kids and highlights the benefits of the entrepreneurial mindset in youth. It begs the question, as adults, how much of this advice do we adhere to ourselves? Many "grown ups" can sometimes forget their "Why" for starting and growing their business and passion can quickly fade away. Once the passion is gone, pushing through hard times can be agony and often what stops our progress.

These kids, while incredibly special as individuals, the skills they demonstrated are able to be taught and given support in. If you have a child who is passionate about a cause and wants to contribute, how can you help and guide them through? Using the key advice of our TinyPreneurs from this weekend, Youtube, Google and so much more can be used as a resource for parents.

To take passion into action, you can checkout our Summer Camp programs at Build a Biz Kids and not only have your child learn these key skills, but also help them put it into immediate action. As a parent, your support is key so you will be kept int the loop daily about what they have learned and what is to come.

If you’re interested in your child learning social entrepreneurship, take a look at our summer camp programs here and register them today!


Dad's Inspiring Dad's

Build a Biz Kids is truly inspired by my 9 year olds ambitions. As a Dad I feel it’s my responsibility to teach my son to pursue his passions and empower him to create opportunities with innovation. I am inspired by parents who are encouraging their kids to realize a dream. When that encouragement extends beyond their own children and they are impacting a community of children, well… then I am in awe.

That’s exactly what’s happened in meeting our new friends Ramses and his son Max. At age 9 Max wanted to raise funds to attend a summer camp. His dad Ramses listened to all of Max’s innovative ideas to raise enough funds to get to camp. Inspired by his son’s ambition, Ramses decided to utilize his event planning experience and developed a business showcase event for not only Max but all of his friends.

What started as a lemonade stand has grown to become the second annual Entrepreneurial Family Fair: Tinypreneurs. The event will be happening on Saturday June 2nd at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. Max and his growing list of friends will be showcasing their entrepreneurial endeavors during this market day in New Westminster.

Build a Biz Kids is not only excited and honoured to be attending this event but to be associated with Ramses and the incredible work he has done with this community of Tinypreneurs. What Ramses devotion has highlighted for me is that when you commit to helping your child succeed, your impact goes beyond your home and impacts your community… and in Ramses case, hundreds of kids.

Be sure to check out this amazing event, come by and say hi to the Build a Biz Kids team. We will have an interactive booth with games for kids and a chance to win a family night out with tickets the Vancouver Giants, dinner for four and a gas card.

Event details are here: https://www.facebook.com/tinypreneurs/posts/879274518940834

Hope to see you there!


Tri-City News Hightlights Build a Biz Kids & KidPreneur Camps

The Tri-City News decided to come out on a hot day for a glass of lemonade served up by our very own Build a Biz Kids!

Featured on the home page of their website and an article in the Friday Newspaper, Ethan Ricketts & Nikolas Boal can be seen with big smiles knowing their hard work is helping a great organization like SHARE Family & Community Centres (as well as the excitement of being featured in the newspaper of course).

To read the Tri-City article, see the link below.

http://www.tricitynews.com/news/kids-learn-biz-tactics-with-lemonade-stand-challenge-1.23306237 


"Hey! Want Some Lemonade?"

There’s something invigorating when you get kids to work on a project. Today we set up a Build a Biz Kids lemonade stand for an interview with Tri-Cities News. We invited my son and his step-brother to help us out and we just love watching the ideas fly around the room.

“… what about this…”

“…Oh, we could do this…”

“… How about we try….”

Having these two support our non-profit start-up has reinforced exactly why we are so excited for this program. They are passionate and have unlimited ideas. With tools and encouragement there is a world of possibility ahead of them. These 8 and 9 year olds are asking questions about our business strategies and offer intelligent suggestions.

“… what about contacting the local schools to see if they would like to offer your programs to their students?”

"...have you thought about putting up posters at car dealerships and coffee shops? Moms and dads go there..."

As the table was set up, and potential customers began appearing we saw the transition from lemonade stand concept and design turn into a real micro-business that they could control & be proud of. Pretty soon we had set up an enticing display of lemonade… although our customer service skills were a little rusty to begin with.

“Hey, want some lemonade?”

eventually became

“Hi there, would you like to support a local charity with your purchase of a lemonade? We have regular lemon or raspberry flavours.”

As the day progressed and donations began to grow so did their confidence. There was a sense of pride in their efforts and the fact their efforts were supporting a cause. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience to watch a child’s ambitions become actions.

I’m exhilarated by the day of watching these two boys take leadership and cannot wait to see this multiply by up to 15 kids per camp this summer.

Our schedule for July and August 2018 is open for registration in the Tricities & Burnaby here