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KidBiz planned for June 22 in Town Commons

by jmaloni
Fri, May 31st 2013 02:00 pm

The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will host the 17th annual KidBiz Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A training session for prospective participants will be held Tuesday, June 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Island Middle School Little Theater. Young entrepreneurs will learn various aspects of running a business. Topics such as pricing, marketing and customer service are covered at the training event.

KidBiz, developed by the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College and Forever Elmwood, was launched in 1996. It was designed to give children in the second through eighth grade the experience and excitement of running their own business.

KidBiz made its debut on Grand Island in 1997 as part of the "Plaza Happening." Last year, Jim Sharpe, Beverly Kinney and Dolly D'Orazio coordinated the event with more than 110 children selling their products in the Grand Island Town Commons in the center of town. Articles sold included old books, toys, crafts, baked goods, and a whole lot more. The young business owners particularly got a sense of running a business as they had to pay a rental space fee and received a "license" to sell at the site.

According to the chamber, KidBiz is an excellent opportunity for children to engage in a real-life business experience.

For more information, contact the chamber office at 716-773-3651.

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