Join us for the 2019 Baltimore Children’s Business Fair on October 12, 2019!!!

The 3rd Annual Baltimore Children’s Business Fair will be held on October 12, 2019, at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  The event will showcase entrepreneurs ages 5-14.  Admission is free and open to the public.   Bring plenty of cash to spend with the young entrepreneurs!

Baltimore Children’s Business Fair Broadcast from Kevin McGuire on Vimeo.



About the Children’s Business Fair

At the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair, kids will create a product or service, develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at this one-day marketplace. The children are responsible for the setup, sales, and interacting with customers, and any parent seen selling to the customer or promoting the child’s product will result in disqualification from the competition.

A previous competitor from 2009, Makaila Ulmer of Bee Sweet Lemonade, was once a participant in the Acton Children’s Business Fair.  Mikaila’s Bee Sweet Lemonade is now sold in Whole Foods Market across the country as a result of her young business savvy.

This event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, and the generous support of our Baltimore donors and volunteers, who all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

Whether an entrepreneur is famous, like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey, or one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these entrepreneurs are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs, and serve their communities.


Ja’Near Garrus

Ja’Near Garrus, the founder of the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair, has a passion for entrepreneurship and developing children to reach their highest and fullest potential. She is the principal designer at the design and marketing firm, Garrus Creative, and is the director of a local homeschooling group.  Ja’Near lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, Ryan, and their three children.


Previous Baltimore Children’s Business Fair Judges

2017 Baltimore Children’s Business Fair Judges From Left: Shibani Patel, Aubrey Reveley, Dr. Nick Hammond, Lindsay D’Ambrosio, [Not Pictured Dr. Nia Imani Fields]
Dr. Nick Hammond

Dr. Nick Hammond is the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development (AVPIED) for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and the Assistant Director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). Dr. Hammond directs the Institute’s mission of economic development and technology commercialization, and has started and oversees a number of programs to support this mission including the Harbor Launch small business incubator, Baltimore Entrepreneur Office Hours, the Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneurs Fellowship (REEF) Program, and the IMET Entrepreneur in Residence Program.

Prior to coming to IMET Dr. Hammond co-founded Ablitech, Inc. in 2006 as its first CEO, and served as its Chief Technology Officer until becoming the Chief Science Officer in 2011. Hammond was instrumental in raising more than $2.8M from federal grants and contracts, foundations, angel investment, and state agencies for the development of Ablitech’s Versadel drug delivery technology. Hammond holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Mississippi and a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Butler University.

Aubrey Reveley

Aubrey Reveley is a Restauranteur & Caterer whose business spans the Greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. A life-long entrepreneur, Mr. Reveley has owned multiple businesses within the Food & Service industries over the past 20 years.  He now looks to build others: providing insight and honest feedback to the next generation of young entrepreneurs. Mr. Reveley received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.

Matt Fouse


Matt Fouse is the creator and artist behind the iconic ” Baltimore rat” logo. Recently Matt has launched a new business, ” park and perk” a Vespa motor scooter, with a full-service espresso bar fabricated on to its body. From a young age, Matt has always run a business. Living near a large lake in his hometown, Matt would go out and catch worms and sell to the fishermen of the area. In the summertime, he would mow lawns. This Entrepreneurial spark from his youth has given Matt the tools to be the successful businessman that he is today.

Natalie Estelle

15 years in creative marketing communications, Natalie has worked in healthcare, technology, and non-profit sectors; The Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, March of Dimes, The Classic Catering People and Whole Foods to name a few.

Co-Founder and President of Preemie Moms Rock, a 501(c)3 providing healthy food, therapeutic crafts and in-person parent-to-parent conversation helping Moms of preemies navigate NICU life.

Graduated from Western High School and earned a BS from Towson University and an MA from University of Baltimore and will begin working towards an MBA in 2018. Mrs. Estelle resides in Owings Mills with her husband and two children

Shibani Shinde Patil

Shibani Shinde Patil is the Founder/ CEO of the international jewelry brand Ri Noor. Shibani has a M.A in Financial Economics and an M.B.A with a focus on Statistics. Prior to venturing into entrepreneurship, Shibani worked at Exelon/ Constellation’s Power Trading business unit, where she held numerous roles including Commercial Transactions, Structuring and Strategy. Wanting to further her interest in entrepreneurship, she managed and operated investments in real-estate and a franchised salon business before finally pursuing her long-time passion of starting her own jewelry brand.

Shibani is actively involved in all aspects of the business including product design and development, marketing and developing sales channels. The Ri Noor brand is currently stocked by two international retailers and was recently featured in Vogue UK.

Dr. Nia Imani Fields

Dr. Nia Imani Fields is the Maryland 4-H Specialist and Senior Agent with the University of Maryland Extension. Dr. Fields has a doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership, a M.S. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a focus in Community and Youth Development, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Throughout her educational and professional career, her focus has been to work towards the positive development of children, youth, families and communities. As a Maryland 4-H Specialist, Ms. Fields is primarily responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of curricular systems and program development. Her research interests center around positive youth development’s relationship to social capital and social justice.

Lindsay D’Ambrosio

Lindsay D’Ambrosio manages Harbor Launch, a business incubator at the University of Maryland’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore. Harbor Launch is a community for life science startup companies, offering business services, offices, and lab space. Before coming to the IMET, Lindsay was an Analyst at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. Lindsay received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland- College Park in 2009 and an M.S. from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2011 studying Marine Microbiology.


We invite you to invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs right here in the Baltimore area!  Contact us today to become a sponsor of our business fair as well as entrepreneurship education and resources for children in the Greater Baltimore area. BaltimoreCBF@gmail.com

Volunteers are also needed for the event.  Please send us an email if you would like to volunteer.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:




Acton Academy


Acton School of Business





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