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Kids’ Business Fair FAQ

What is the Columbus Kids’ Business Fair?
The Columbus Kids’ Business Fair inspires children to discover their inner entrepreneur. This one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses.
How many businesses will you accept?
We will accept up to 30 businesses.  Applications will close March 7, 2020.
Where should I begin?
Start with our resources page. Read inspiring stories about other young entrepreneurs and play games to hone your business skills.
How do I apply? Can I apply as part of a group?
Application must be submitted online. Please submit one application for each business. Children working as a group should submit one application that includes each child’s information. No more than 3 participants per business.
When is the Deadline to apply? 
March 7, 2020. Apply here.
What is on the application?
The application asks kids to think through some simple, but important elements of their business:
  • What product or service do you plan to sell?
  • What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you?
  • How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back?
  • How will you advertise/market your business before the fair?
  • At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success?
What if someone else has the same business idea?  
Two cupcake businesses? Not a problem. In general, we will let market forces play out, though we will let later entries know if another applicant has a similar idea so the later entrant can decide what to do.
How will the fair be set up?
The fair will be an outdoor event with tables (weather permitting). Each business will be given a space with an 8-foot table.  Business can bring their own tables and tents. Table cloths will not be provided. We are not able to accommodate businesses requiring electricity. If the weather does not permit us to be outside, businesses will NOT be allowed to bring their own tables. Each business will be assigned HALF an 8-foot table (to share with one other business).
Will electricity be available?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide electricity to the booths.
What are the rules? 

This event is designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. If a parent is found selling or promoting a child’s product or service, their child’s business will be disqualified.

The children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Volunteers will be available to help children at their booth. At no time is a parent/grandparent/guardarian allowed behind the booth. They are VERY WELCOME to be their customers!

Parents may help their child fill out the application, but we expect the children to do as much as possible by themselves.
How did the Acton Children’s Business Fair get started?
Jeff and Laura Sandefer and a few other families wanted to spark a sense of wonder and entrepreneurship in their children so they created the first Acton Children’s Business Fair in Austin, Texas, in 2007. That year, there were seven entrepreneurs and around 25 attendees. Now, there are over 115 entrepreneurs and 1,500 attendees at the Acton Children’s Business Fair in Austin.