Originally started in Austin, Texas, the Acton Children’s Business Fair came to Gloria Dei Church in Arnold on October 15. The event featured 24 young entrepreneurs ranging in age from 6 to 14.
A panel of judges decided which kids got $50 prizes for most original business idea, highest business potential, and best presentation. Those awards went to Arabella Designs, Crowned, and Kiki's Sweets.
Arabella Designs was started by 14-year-old Arabella Rathbone. Arabella makes boutique-style, hot cocoa bombs and coffee bombs with organic ingredients. She also repurposes mugs and makes all-natural candles with organic beeswax, essential oils and wood wicks.
Twelve-year-old Nyirah Newton formed her venture, Crowned, to make mental health and empowerment kits for youth. She also makes handmade crowns for people and pets to bring out their individual magic.
Keely Hardgrave, a 10-year-old, started Kiki's Sweets to make homemade dog treats and pupcakes. She offers a variety of flavors (pumpkin/peanut butter, banana/potato, sweet potato/applesauce) and gluten-free options.
ArtFarm Studios, Chesapeake Bay Paddle, Broadneck Pharmacy, Kumon Arnold, and Hooper's Catering supported the business fair as event sponsors.
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