Shawnee KidsFest puts the spotlight on young entrepreneurs

SHAWNEE, Kan. – This weekend the city of Shawnee is putting the spotlight on kids who want to start their own businesses.

The Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department will host KidsFest at the Shawnee Civic Center on Saturday.

KidsFest gives children aged 6-16 the chance to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test. Each participant develops their own brand, creates a product or plans the service they want to provide and builds a marketing strategy for their business.

City staff said the goal of the fair is to boost children’s confidence and help them build life skills by giving them the opportunity to run their own small businesses.

This year, 50 children will present their start-up businesses during the one-day market place event. From 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, young business owners will sell their products to the public and interact with professional business owners in the community.

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