Remember your school’s science fair? Those might be considered somewhat like trade shows, right?
Well I recently discovered what may just be an emerging trend – actual student trade shows.
When you see one news item on a topic, it’s intriguing. But after seeing four or five articles pop up in my news feed over the past week or two, I decided I just had to share what’s happening. And these aren’t just high schools either – even a group of first-graders in Cape Girardeau, MO held their own Market Day event!
These kids are selling products or services, everything from home-baked cookies or crafts (first-graders) to homemade soaps, coffee beans, wood signs, and 3D-printed solutions. Here’s where you can check out more details on each one:
- Jefferson Elementary first-graders in Cape Girardeau, MO (video)
- Daviess County (IN) CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Trade Show (in-depth article)
- Kokomo (IN) Area Career Center’s CEO Program (photo gallery)
- Knox County (IL) CEO Trade Show (photo gallery)
It’s exciting to see how these students are learning not only the principles of business and entrepreneurship, but also how to market themselves in a trade show environment! I’m definitely going to watch for any local schools that do this next year, so that I can go check out what they’re promoting. And I encourage you to do the same in your community.
Update: And here’s yet another school, this time in Minnesota, that’s giving young entrepreneurs the opportunity to become exhibitors.