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Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: KidBiz set for June 28

by jmaloni

•Taken from the May 30 Island Dispatch

Fri, Jun 6th 2014 03:15 pm
Jim Sharpe, chairman of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce's KidBiz event, narrates a PowerPoint discussion with prospective KidBiz participants at St. Stephen School on Wednesday. KidBiz will take place in the Town Commons Saturday, June 28. (photo by Larry Austin)
Jim Sharpe, chairman of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce's KidBiz event, narrates a PowerPoint discussion with prospective KidBiz participants at St. Stephen School on Wednesday. KidBiz will take place in the Town Commons Saturday, June 28. (photo by Larry Austin)

The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will host the 18th annual KidBiz Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 grades 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, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce coordinated the event with more than 120 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.

The chamber calls KidBiz 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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