The spirit of entrepreneurship spread to the next generation at the first ever Ontario Kidspreneur Bazaar at Skedaddle Indoor playground August 3, 2018.

The idea was to give kids between the ages of 5, and 14 years old a taste of being a real entrepreneur. The students had workshop covering multiple topics including target audience, marketing and execution of ideas as well as the financial side on how to open a bank account. “Helping kids start a business can be a fun way to encourage creativity and confidence,” Organizer Ayesha Naeem explained.

The kids worked in pairs, and came up with the ideas, chose their products. They set up a table, and displayed their wares. There was everything from tye-dyed shirts, and paintings to henna and tasty baked-goods.

Six-year old Rabeekah Naeem is the youngest of three daughters. Her business is known as the “Little Quiller”. Quilling refers to a craft where coloured paper is shaped and glued together to form shapes. Naeem had a display of cards with a nature theme of everything from fish to birds. Rabeekah is the youngest of three daughters. Her two older sisters are both entrepreneurs. “I’m so proud of them. They are very talented, and very hardworking,” Mom Tahiya Husna said. She, and her eldest Parisa were there to help out Rabeekah. “Enterprising and business allows you to give independence,” Tahiya explained.

Zenia Haris had a table with rubber band jewelry. “I want to be a jeweller when I grow up,” she said. Her mom got her involved in with Kidpreneurs, and Zenia went along with it. Mom, Muniza Ansari encouraged her daughter in the business. “I kept on watching her doing that, since it’s been more than a year.” When she saw the ad she thought it would be a good idea for her daughter to get experience. “She’s enjoying, and maybe a little bit nervous about what would happen, how much would she be able to sell,” she said.

Sparkles Bakery was organized by sisters Eman and Myra. They had three different home-baked products for sale. They donated 50% of the proceeds to the Children’s Breakfast Club. “I thought that they should have what we have,” Eman explained. She a lemonade stand for two years, and thought it was time to combine it with a bakery. “I wanted to do something bigger,” she explained. She got an appreciation for how challenging life as an entrepreneur could be. “Sometimes making money is hard, and you’ve got to put a lot of hard work into making your own money,” she said. Mom Huma Haider wants her daughters to go into business for themselves. “That’s what we’re trying to teach them. We don’t want them to have a 9-5, we want them to have their own business,” she said.

Laura Steiner
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