Future movers and shakers of the business world were able to try their hand at being entrepreneurs at Millstream Elementary School’s Young Entrepreneurs Fair Friday.
Grade 4 and 5 students spent the last six weeks coming up with products they could sell at the fair and put their best into selling their ideas.
From bath bombs to Christmas ornaments, students came up with and made a variety of products that were up for purchase throughout the day.
Community members, parents and other students were able to visit the fair and make purchases while the young entrepreneurs attracted customers.
Students come up with product ideas, survey potential customers, create prototypes, make business and financial plans and even get their parents to sign a loan certificate in the weeks leading up to the fair.
“It gets kids thinking creatively, problem-solving, communicating,” said Samantha Ogrodnik, Millstream Elementary School vice principal.
Ten-year-old Abigale Bailey decided to sell hand-made pine cone animals at the fair. She said she made about 21 of them in the past month.
Bailey said she learned a lot from the experience.
“I learned not everything is perfect,” Bailey said. “And also that I just like this. This is fun for me.”
Nine-year-old Lucaz Alastair Daquidan decided to make and sell dinosaur sock puppets because he said they are his favourite creatures.
“I like how they look and walk and how they roar,” Alastair Daquidan said. “I just really love them.”
He said he learned a lot about how to be polite and attract customers to his table at the fair. He said he was demonstrating his sock puppets to potential customers to show them what they are like.
Ogrodnik said this is the second year she has done the entrepreneur fair at Millstream Elementary School. She said she learned about it when she used to teach in Campbell River.
“I brought it here and it’s really popular,” Ogrodnik said. “And each year the products keep getting better because they’re excited about it.”