Budding entrepreneurs tested their business and customer service prowess during the Logan Children’s Entrepreneur Market on Saturday morning along Main Street across from the Tabernacle.
For the second year, libertarian think-tank The Libertas Institute brought the Children’s Entrepreneur Market to Logan, aiming to give children between the ages of 5 to 16 in Logan the opportunity see what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. The market coincided with the Downtown Summer Sidewalk Sale.
“There are so many lessons that they learn just from this one venture,” Children’s Entrepreneur Market Manager Lynee Fife said. “They learn a variety of things: of how to converse with adults, how to make change.”
The Children’s Market was established after the laws in Utah changed to allow children to run a business without a license or permit. The market is held annually in 11 cities across Utah.
According to Fife, one of the goals is to allow children to gain confidence in running their business as well as learn from bad experiences.
“Even if they don’t have a great day,” Fife said, “they learn a lot about, well, maybe their prices were too high.”
The budding entrepreneurs can sell any product they choose, whether it’s homemade or bought. Although their parents can help them create the products and set up their booth, the children are the only ones allowed to sell the products.
“Our big requirement is that children need to do the selling,” Fife said. “They have to be able to do the whole transaction themselves.”
On Saturday the sidewalk was lined with booths with different products, including baked goods, pancakes, wands, homemade slime, carnival games, cotton candy, honey, bee wax products, homemade bread and henna temporary tattoos, among other creative products.
Some of the young vendors sometimes sell their products in their neighborhoods, while others were first-time vendors.
Leah Thomas, Ruth Thomas and their siblings make bread that they sell out of their home to help pay for sports expenses. They said the market helps them learn about being prepared and interacting with customers.
“It helps you be more outgoing,” Leah said. “It’s hard to talk to people, but doing this makes it a lot easier to talk to people because you realize they aren’t that scary.”
Fife encourages the community to support the young entrepreneurs by going to the annual event.
“Just to come support young entrepreneurs,” Fife said. “I can easily get the kids to sign up, but it’s not successful for them if they don’t have customers.”