The Slimers! Meet Nate, Miranda & Vince!

"That problem is already solved", "I already have something like that", "No one needs another one of those on the market".....

Yup, we have all found ourselves saying something like that before, I'm sure. Another onion chopping thingy or a new kind of water bottle, there seem to be so many products that all solve the same problem.... or is there?

Meet Nate, Miranda and Vince who I am calling our 2019 Slimers!

Slime is nothing new. We had it as kids and now our kids have it too. Kids love it and for many, they can find relaxation and therapeutic relief from holding it.

In our Fall Semester KidPreneur Program, we had multiple classes running and, of course, a bunch of kids wanted to do slime. It ended up that on Market Day, we were going to have 3 Slime Businesses. Oh no! Of only 18 vendors, 3 would be slime. Wouldn't that make the market boring? Why would someone buy slime from more than one vendor? Or if faced with the choice, how would a customer choose between which KidPreneurs business to support?

Never underestimate the intelligence of a True KidPreneur and their business savvy.

One of the most common questions we get from parents when considering placing their child into a Build a Biz Kids program is, will my child need to enter the program with a business idea already? Or do you help them with that?

The answer is either or works fine. From experience, we have found that our students are one of 2 types: They either have TOO many ideas that we need to help them choose the perfect one to start with. The other type is one who has no idea what to do as, after all, this is the first time they have ever thought of starting a business. In these cases, we give them loads of ideas and encourage them to "Make It Their Own" by asking questions like:

  • Who will your customer be? Adults? Kids? Boy's? Girls? Etc
  • How much effort and time do you want to put into making them?
  • What price point do you want to sell at?
  • What is something you could do differently to make this more fun? More useful? Standout more?

For example, maybe they decide to make soap. Well, they could make them shaped like the flowers they scent them with; great for adults. Or place a toy in the center of it so kids want to wash their hands more; great for kids.

Getting back to our slimers, Wow! they definitely took that to heart and ended up making 3 incredibly successful slime businesses that all stood out from one another.

Meet Vince & his Squishy Business! Vince decided to go with a cool theme and boy did he run with it! He did glow in the dark slime. His display has a dark box and black light to show how they glow, plus he had them in a Light Bulb container so you could understand what made them amazing without having to say a word! They looked so cool and were definitely something you don't see every day. Kids Loved Them!

Meet Nate and his Fluffy Slime Business! Nate took a different angle. He understood that not everyone can play with traditional slime because they break out into a rash from the ingredient, Borax, that is usually in it. Nate's solution! Borax Free Slime which also makes it super fluffy! He had an awesome display with lots of height and a sign that you could see from across the room. At just 7 years old, Nate ran his booth all by himself and made his parents very proud of him.

And last but definitely not least, Meet Miranda and her Slime Bar! Yes, that's right! She had a slime bar! Talk about covering your bases lol. Her bar consisted of 3 stations. Step 1 - choose your base, clear or white. Step 2 - choose your "add ins" like foam balls or glitter. Step 3 - Choose your colouring! Great ideas right?? Not only do you get custom slime, she was teaching other kids how to make it themselves as well.

3 Slimers, all with completely different slime businesses. Isn't it a kick in the pants when kids "get it" and sometimes us adults don't. They were not worried at all about having other slime there and loved seeing what one another had come up with.

These KidPreneurs are pretty amazing but what we may have not realized that they learned in such a fun way, is that no problem is ever completely solved. There is always another group of customers within a market who can be served better. And most of all, never shy away from competition or have a mindset of scarcity. If you are willing to work hard and listen to the people you want to help, there is more than enough success and FUN to go around!

 

Interested in our next semester of programming? Find out more here
Fall 2019 KidPReneur Programs are designed for students ages 7-12 years. Programs available in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, Maple Ridge.
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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.


Proud New Members of The Chamber Of Commerce!

We are very excited to be a part of the Tricities Chamber of Commerce. At our first kick off event last night we made some incredible connections, reconnected with old friends and were offered a wealth of helpful introductions and information.

To our upcoming StarterPreneurs, networking is a very important aspect of building your own business. What is networking? Networking is socializing with new friends. Fun right?! It is possibly the best thing you can do to grow your business. It doesn't cost much, if anything at all, except for your time and contribution to those you meet.

So who can you talk to today about your micro business idea? What can you do to help them with their goals? When you help others, they want to help you in return.