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Young Entrepreneur Market


Searching for Entrepreneurs 6-19 Years of Age

$50 Registration Fee

Limited Booths Available

Prizes awarded for Best Booth per Age Group

(6-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-19) Voted by Public






Sunday, April 16, 2023

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center

1413 Leslie Drive

Bloomington, IL 61704

$5 Admission Fee


We are a team of passionate entrepreneurs, mentors, and parents, who want to give children the space to learn about entrepreneurship in a practical and fun way. This event is designed to give young entrepreneurs (YE) the experience of selling products, goods and/or services in a market setting. YE are responsible for set up, customer interactions, sales, and clean-up. Parents may help their child, but we encourage YE to do as much as possible by themselves.


YE must be 6 to 19 years of age to participate in the Young Entrepreneur Market.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


YE can sell food*, handmade or store-bought items, or services

YE may NOT sell goods or services on behalf of their parents.

Examples of Products: Keychains, Recycled Golf Balls, Tie Dye Shirts, Jewelry, Stationary, Art, Collectibles, Candles, Stickers, Candy, and more.

*Food Products:

  • Commercially packaged food from an approved source that does not require temperature control for safety (refrigeration) can be sold without needing a permit from the Health Department. The food must stay in its original packaging.
  • If you are registered as cottage food operator you may sell your cottage food products. (No homemade food unless you have a cottage food license.)
  • No food that requires temperature control (hot or cold) permitted, unless you have the proper permit from the Health Department
  • No food preparation or cooking allowed at the event.
  • No food samples permitted.


You will have an opportunity to set up 2 hours before the start of the event. Please arrive no later than 1 hour before the event kicks off.

We will provide you with loading/unloading details prior to the event.


All booths will be assigned by event coordinators. These assignments will be emailed to you closer to the event date.

A single booth (10x10) will include one 8-foot table and two chairs. A double booth (10x20) includes two 8-foot tables and four chairs. YE are responsible for the following:

  • Product - Your inventory!
  • Packaging (bags, tissue paper, etc. for customers)
  • Extension cord (access to power is not guaranteed and needs prior approval)
  • Tablecloth(s)
  • A sign with your business name
  • Price list or price tags
  • Display props (stands for signs, stands for product, decorations)
  • Cash box
  • Change (Cash and Coins)
  • Pen and paper to record items sold and revenue
  • Credit card reader (optional)
  • Business cards or sign with contact information (consider a QR code)
  • Order forms for future orders
  • Bring any supplies you may need (scissors, tape, calculator, etc.)

No attachments to walls (including signs, decorations, etc.)

All belongings must fit within your booth space.

If you sell out, please do not break down your booth until the end of the market.


We encourage YE to handle all aspects of their business.

You can assist your YE, but please don't engage customers. If your child’s offering is too much on their own, pare down the offering.


YE will have 1 hour following event to remove all belongings and trash.


All YE must register by clicking on the button below. If your child is under 18 years old, a parent or guardian must fill out Sections 2 & 3 of the online form in order for their YE to participate.

List all children's names (6-19 years old) in your family that plan to participate at the same booth. Any non-family members (6-19 years old) that plan to help sell at your booth must register separately with a parent/guardian's permission. One business per booth.

No refunds will be given for any reason. No exceptions.

All registrations are non-transferrable.

No animals allowed.

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Event Organizers & Hosts

Kristin Booth,

Co-Owner of CO+LAB

Amy Gammelgard,

Co-Owner of CO+LAB

Vivian Kong Doctora,


Keller Williams Revolution

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