Daphne Youth Gain Business: Insights through Educational Program

Daphne Youth Gain Business: DAPHNE, Ala.  In Daphne, young minds are gaining valuable lessons about money and life through the annual Eastern Shore Children’s Business Fair. Centennial Park in Daphne served as a bustling hub on Saturday, hosting tents for dozens of young entrepreneurs eager to hone their skills.

The park was adorned with tiny businesses, each representing the ambitious dreams of grade schoolers. Among them was Addelyn, a seventh-grader with big aspirations for her family’s pickle recipe. She envisions growing her own cucumbers on a farm one day and creating a unique pickle blend.

With 50 small businesses gathered in one place, the range of endeavors was impressive, spanning baking to woodworking. The young participants were immersed in the art of negotiation.

“I like making deals because I get more money and stuff so far, but also it’s a good deal to get a deal,” shared Davis Gresham, a fourth-grader, showcasing the budding business mindset.

The primary objective of the fair is to empower kids to enhance their skills in activities they love while potentially earning some money in the process.

“For things that I actually want. I like to save up, and I don’t spend it all as soon as I get it,” explained Kenadi Kiernan, a fifth-grader, highlighting the importance of financial responsibility.

Organizers emphasize that the event instills crucial business skills in the young participants—skills that will serve them well as they grow into adulthood and navigate future job opportunities.

“It’s business skills that they can carry with them into adulthood and will help them as they are seeking jobs when they are teenagers and seeking jobs when they’re grown up,” stated Lynne Holloway, Director of the Eastern Shore Children’s Business Fair.

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