Sherman’s mother hosts children’s trade fair “to make this hobby profitable and try new ideas”



SHERMAN – Seven-year-old Skyller Mikaloff is putting the finishing touches on his handmade soaps, for sale at the city’s children’s trade fair this weekend.

The event, called the Children’s Business Show: My Entrepreneur Child, will take place on Sunday, October 3, on the green in front of IGA, at 15 CT-39, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About two dozen children aged 5 to 17 participate. There is no charge to participate admission is free. It is run entirely by volunteers.

The show is sponsored by Acton Academy, Acton School of Business, My Kid Entrepreneur, with support from donors and volunteers.

Natalia Story, a resident of Sherman, Skyller’s mother and one of the fair’s organizers, said it was the first time the fair has been held in Sherman. She added, however, that Acton children’s trade shows are held regularly across the United States.

Besides homemade soaps, other items the kids will be selling at the fair are smoothies, cookies, scrunchies, chocolate covered apples, dog and cat toys, coloring books and dog treats.

“They can come up with any idea,” Story said.

The purpose of the fair, Story said, is for kids to practice what it takes to be an entrepreneur, experiment and make a money-work connection.

“It’s to teach them the value of money, but also to follow their passion – not just to have a hobby, but also to make that hobby profitable and try new ideas,” she said. declared.

All the kids will have their own space at the fair, where they can set up a table with products they’ve made or designed themselves, Story said.

Most of the items they sell cost anywhere from $ 1 to $ 10.

All children’s businesses are automatically accepted into the competition. They will be judged by local store owners in the following categories: Most Original Business Idea, Highest Business Potential, Best Presentation / Creativity.

The winner of each age group and category will receive a prize and an autographed copy of the book “My Kid Entrepreneur” by Story and her husband Zach Mikaloff.

Some kids have their own business cards and websites, Story said.

“Some of the children who attended already had a business and some started their business for the fair,” she added.

Children will answer questions about their products from guests at the fair.

“It’s interesting for kids to see the transition in themselves from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. how open they become after talking for a few hours,” Story said.

Skyller soaps are transparent and contain a plastic toy, a very shiny plastic fish. He made the soaps himself, from a soap base and added oil for smell and texture.

He said he first thought of the idea of ​​putting a toy in a bar of soap during the pandemic, as a way to encourage children to wash their hands.

He named his business “Free the Fish and Make a Wish”.

However, soaps are not the first product sold by Skyller. He caught the business bug very early on – last year he sold thrushes, which were growing outside his home.

At the Orange County Children’s Business Fair in Newbugh in June, Skyller won two awards and sold $ 130 worth of soap in four hours, “which I spent at an amusement park with my sister Luna.” It was so cool to have my own money, ”he said.

Over the summer, Skyller sold gluten-free lemonade and cookies at his home.

“Now I’m saving for the new bike I want,” he said.

Story said she would like to make the event an annual tradition at Sherman.

“We really hope to make this a regular event because we strongly believe entrepreneurship is the best school for kids,” Story said.

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