Acton Children's Business Fair of Washington, DC

Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Cleveland Park



“Make money, have fun, and become a better entrepreneur!”

-Acton Children's Business Fair participant

Unsure where to start? Our advice is to keep it simple.

  • First, think about what you can make with your own hands that others might enjoy.
  • Next, picture how you might sell it.
  • Finally, imagine the feeling (and responsibility) of having a little extra spending money as a result.

Learn more about the 3 Magic Seeds for starting a business.

For more inspiration, check out photos from the Acton Children's Business Fair of Washington, DC and the following resources:

Stories of Young Entrepreneurs

Business Ideas for Kids

A Business Blog For Kids By Kids

Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Stories of Young Entrepreneurs

Looking for business ideas or just curious about other young entrepreneurs? Read these inspiring stories.

Sisters Run Washington, DC, Business

Balloon Zoom

When sisters Anna, Leila, and Noor launched Balloon Zoom in the Fall of 2011, they wanted to create a company that was not only fun, but could also give back to the Washington, DC, community.  In addition to running parties and corporate events, and crafting unique balloon decor for DC businesses and special events, Balloon Zoom has given hundreds of dollars to Janney Elementary School and Heifer International, purchased coats for Washington, DC, children in need, and donated its expertise to area nursing homes and community events.

From Lemonade Stand to Lemonade Company

BeeSweet Lemonade Mikaila Ulmer

Mikaila Ulmer is CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade, a company she launched at the Acton Children's Business Fair in Austin, Texas, when she was 4. Ulmer now bottles and sells Me & the Bees Lemonade at Whole Foods and other stores in Austin and donates a portion of profits to the protection of honeybees. Ulmer appeared on Shark Tank in March 2015.

This Young Innovator Reinvented Water

Carter Kostler Define Bottle

Carter Kostler wanted his mom to be able to drink her fruit-infused water on the go. So at age 13, he designed a bottle that would allow her to do just that. Today Carter sells his Define Bottles online and in small stores. About being an entrepreneur he says, "It is important to know from the beginning that there are a lot of highs and lows and there is no such thing as overnight success. It takes a lot of hard work and you have to be strong to keep moving forward."

Business Ideas for Kids

From making cat toys to designing websites, check out these 101+ Business Ideas for Kids by Kris Solie-Johnson.

A Business Blog for Kids by Kids

Balloon Zoom's Kids on Business Blog features posts such as "Being Your Own Boss," "Investing in Yourself," and "Creating a Yelp Page."

Guide to Writing a Business Plan

From Biz Kid$, this worksheet helps young entrepreneurs think about marketing (from the name of their business to who they will sell to) and financials (including materials, pricing, and profit).