'Kidpreneurs' to take over Arizona Center

Posted at 11:22 AM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 13:22:25-05

Kylie Brown's business is blooming and booming. She sells succulent plants in a mason jar. 

Abbey Klinkhamer is as sweet as the products she's making and profit she's taking. She peddles Sweet Surprise Jams, a spread with less sugar than store-bought ones. 

They're both just 11 years old.

"I love doing business. I love selling my product and making it," Kylie said.

They are just two of around 200 kids selling products at this weekend's Arizona Children's Business Fair.  Kylie's dad Kyle, an entrepreneur himself, is one of the organizers and maybe a bit of a loan shark.  Kylie borrowed from him last year to get her business started, but now has the cash up front to keep it going.

"I gave her a loan and I charged her interest, yes," Kyle Brown laughed.

He's kidding about the interest, but this event is no joke. Now in its second year, kids set up tents and sell everything from crafts to jewelry and food to art.

"The child has to be in charge. They can't have a parent in the booth.  It's kid-run, kid-led," said Kyle Brown.

The kids also learn from local business leaders. Click the video above if you want a couple of pointers.

This year's fair is booked, but they recommend you bring your kids out to support the kids selling and maybe get some ideas so you can sign up your own child next year.

Check out the kidpreneurs in business at the Arizona Children's Business Fair on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair is set to take place at the Arizona Center at 400 E. Van Buren St.