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.
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.”
The Tri-City Buzz is run by Mark Parsons, a Realtor with Remax, who is very focused on the local community that he serves. As a self employed individual, he is certainly doing a lot of things right. By showcasing local businesses the community, he is giving them a platform to help them rise up and continue their success. Through this he is also gaining incredible knowledge of the neighborhoods in which he works to help find families new homes and a community they can feel welcome in.
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:
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).
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.
A local partnership has begun building our future community leaders right here in the Tri-Cities. Build a Biz Kids is a not for profit summer camp and after-school program provider focusing on entrepreneurship and community engagement.
What happens when your boss is 9yrs old? Like a CEO, my son is inspired with ideas for better business and community. And like many CEO’s, once he’s shared his…
Welcome to Build a Biz Kids, a Non Profit Society, BizKids Practical Education ASSN, working to help facilitate young kids' creativity and natural entrepreneurial spirit through after school programs as well as spring break and summer camps.