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!


One Child Can Make a Difference. Just Ask Calliope

Way back when I was a kid, it seemed like fundraising was just a part of the curriculum. At Christmas I was selling Christmas ornaments or wrapping paper for school, in the spring it would be cookies or cakes at bake sales, and that doesn't even touch on the kids who had Girl Guides or Scouts or Soccer teams raising money for uniforms and equipment.

These days, kids still fund raise, but it seems different in many ways. Yes, times have changed and "rules" are different. When I was a child in the 80's & 90's taking my pledge forms door to door on my own wasn't anything out of the ordinary, nor was it really all that incredible either. It was just what we did.

Today, children can't go far on their own. This can be for many reasons such as laws, parenting styles or just plain old safety depending on the neighbourhood they are in. But does this change in society have to effect the level of independence a child can feel when taking on a fundraising initiative?

I couldn't help but be incredibly inspired by this young KidPreneur right here in our backyard. Ruben's Shoes collects shoes & donations as a registered charity for children in the Dominican Republic to offer them the resources for shoes and an education. As you can imagine, when local children hear these stories and the cause, many become moved and want to help.

There is an 11 year old who caught my attention with the inspired passion she had and action she took to raising enough money to donate over 1000 shoes! Just under 500 shoes this year alone. Her name is Calliope and she lives right here in the Tri-Cities.

So how did she do it? It was a lot of effort, I am sure, but one thing I know is that she had the support of a community behind her cheering her on. Calliope is a part of Sole Girls, a fantastic organization that encourages empowerment among young girls through physical activity. She also had the support of her community where she lives. For 3 years now, Calliope has had an annual lemonade stand to enable her to raise funds for Ruben's Shoes.

So, how can you help your child impact others? Give them the space to be inspired and then help them take action. Surround them with other change makers of young and old doing incredible things who can support them, as well as help you with offering the right amount of guidance.

Summer Entrepreneurship Programs are available where they can socialize with kids just as explosive with ideas and facilitators who can teach them the tools and steps to make their passion become a impactful in their community.

But most of all, make sure they know that even as one individual, they can impact the lives of 1000's of children in need, animals with no homes, or keeping our earth healthy.