Calling All Young Entrepreneurs to the First Detroit Children’s Business Fair

Finding the next Henry Ford or Hendrik Meijer

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Chantal Lovell
Media Relations Manager

DETROIT — An upcoming Detroit fair will give children the opportunity to try their hand at business to see if they have what it takes to be the next Henry Ford or Hendrik Meijer.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan will host the Detroit Children’s Business Fair at the Millender Center (Detroit Marriott Atrium and Ballroom). This inaugural event will bring together young entrepreneurs to try their hand at business. They will sell their products to the public and a panel of accomplished professionals will provide valuable feedback and award prizes based on creativity, impressive presentation and other factors.

Participants will develop a business and brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy and then open up shop for customers at the daylong marketplace. Children at business fairs in other states have sold products that include artwork, packaged food and beverages, accessories, stationery and candles. They also have offered services ranging from photo sessions to magic tricks.

Who may apply: Children ages 6 through 14; competitors will be divided into four age groups.

Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2016.

How to apply: Apply online at

Rules: Up to three children may submit a joint application and work together on a single business. Children are to do as much of the work as possible by themselves and interference by parents could lead to disqualification of the business.

For more information or to apply, visit:

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About the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan residents by promoting sound solutions to state and local economic policy questions. As a free-market think tank, the Mackinac Center is guided by its belief in free markets, individual liberty, limited government and the rule of law. Founded in 1988, it is headquartered in Midland, Mich. For more information, visit