Join us for the 2018 Baltimore Children’s Business Fair on October 21, 2018!!!

The 2nd Annual Baltimore Children’s Business Fair will be held on October 21, 2018, at the Baltimore Museum of Industry from 12PM-3PM.  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.

2018 Judges

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 PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Mississippi and a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Butler University.

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.

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.


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


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.

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

From Lemonade Stand to Lemonade Company


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 12, bottles and sells BeeSweet Lemonade at Whole Foods and other stores across the U.S. and donates a portion of profits to the protection of honeybees. Ulmer appeared on Shark Tank in March 2015.


This 15-Year Old Innovator Reinvented Water

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. Now 15, Carter sells his Define Bottles online and in small stores. Of 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.

Meet the 11-Year-Old Who’s Turning Surfboards into Jewelry

Kia‘i Tallett of Hawaii sells her handmade creations – knitted hats and cuffs, felt flowers, and resin rings – on Etsy and has this advice for budding business owners, “Find something you like to do or make, and make sure you really like it, not just the idea of it.”

Business Ideas for Kids

From making cat toys to designing websites, check out these 101+ Business Ideas for Kids.

Guide to Writing a Business Plan

From bizKID$, 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).


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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