Kids from Pre-K to 12th grade will show off their business ideas tomorrow at The Village at Meridian, and we get the chance to be their first customers!

The Village at Meridian is hosting the Heroes Academy's Student Business Fair on Saturday, May 15, and students from Pre-K to 12th grade will have socially distanced booths set up along the streets for all of us to browse through.  We might see TV-worthy cupcakes, gluten-free cookies, paintings, card tricks, bracelets, stationary, and even candy that looks like sushi.  No matter what, all of it will be unique, well-thought-out, and full of heart.

If you have kids like I do that are constantly asking why questions and changing the rules of games like hide-n-seek to make them more interesting, it can be fascinating.  And exhausting!  But mostly it's fascinating.  And this is where it all pays off for unstoppable and innovative minds like that.  Tomorrow they get to see how customers react to the things that their curious minds have created.

Kids have to develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at tomorrow's marketplace, according to the Acton Business Fair website.  There will be $50 prizes for winners in 3 categories:  Most Original Business Idea, Highest Business Potential, and Best Presentation.

Some of the kids said, if they sell out tomorrow, they can make more than $3000!  They have to figure out how much they've spent to produce their products and weigh the profits of course, but they could end up with a good start to a college fund with their earnings, or have a really great summer at Roaring Springs.

The event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, and Heroes Academy, which is a Pre-K through 12 Treasure Valley school that focuses on real-world projects in collaborative classrooms.

The kids' business fair runs from 11 am to 2 pm Saturday, May 15th, at the Village at Meridian, 3597 E Monarch Sky Lane in Meridian.

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