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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and Young Americans Center for Financial Education has a unique gift idea for local parents. Why not let kids pick out the perfect gifts for moms and grandmas in a fun, friendly and inspirational place: the YouthBiz Marketplace?
On Saturday, April 27, entrepreneurs ages 6-21 sell their products to customers young and old. Shoppers will find beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home-baked goodies, artwork, cutting boards and much, much more. All products are hand-crafted by kids who run seriously impressive businesses.
Take Sweet Bee Sisters, owned by Lily (18), Chloe (17) and Sophie Warren (14), as an example. These sisters make natural lip balms, lotion bars and other products from beeswax collected from their family’s beehives. Sweet Bee Sisters first sold products at Marketplace nearly 10 years ago, and they plan to participate in again this spring. By Chloe’s estimation, they’ve sold around 30,000 tubes of lip balm since they’ve been in business.
This spring’s Marketplace event takes place at Young Americans Center in Cherry Creek: 3550 E. First Ave. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free parking is available, and many shops accept credit cards.
Besides finding gifts, YouthBiz Marketplace is a place where young people can find inspiration for their own business idea, too. “We hope that our youngest customers realize that they can be entrepreneurs, too,” notes Anna Leer, vice president of the YouthBiz program at Young Americans Center. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, all you need is a great business idea.”
With more than 50 businesses expected at this spring’s YouthBiz Marketplace, young people are sure to find a great idea wherever they look. Find more information online at yacenter.org.
For more information on the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, visit www.yacenter.org.
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