Children participated in a Norman business fair where they got their first taste of what it's like to own their own business.
Thirty young entrepreneurs set up shop here at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds for the first annual Norman’s children's business fair.
“When you take kids seriously and give them an opportunity to do something great, then they will rise to that occasion,” Evergreen: an Acton Academy head of school and co-founder Matina Hunnell said.
These young innovators' ages range from 6 to 16. For many of them, this was their first time attending a marketplace, but you can't tell when speaking to them.
Amberly Shroyer is 8 years old. She's the business owner for Amberly's Sweet Relief. She uses to help those in the community in need with the money she earns.
“My money goes to food and shelter where I celebrate birthday celebrations at food and shelter for the homeless and I give presents,” Shroyer said.
Hunnell said it was important to her to start this fair to give kids a platform to promote their brand.
“From start to finish, they're learning about marketing, they're learning about the math from taking money and making change,” Hunnell said. “They're learning to think about how much product to make and the cost to invest. It's really a hands-on, real world way to apply all of that learning from school.”
Anya Ramineedi said the opportunity for her is a dream come true.
“It makes me feel really special actually because I’m 11 and I already have a business, and it makes me feel so good,” Ramineedi said.
Ramineedi said she makes ceramic decor and motivational wall art. She just started her business this year and hopes to attend more markets in the future.