Registration for the 2020 Baltimore Children’s Business Fair Is Now Open!

The 4th Annual Baltimore Children’s Business Fair will be held on October 10, 2020.  The event will showcase entrepreneurs ages 6-14.

Find out more here

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 Founder and Managing Director of an educational technology company, Chesapeake Educational Alliance, and is the director of two local homeschooling groups.  Ja’Near lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, Ryan, and their three children.


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 2020 sponsors:

Supporting Sponsor

Partner Sponsor

Associate Sponsors

Friends of BCBF Sponsor


Acton Academy

Acton School of Business

BCBF Supporters

Dr. Tramaine Paul McMullen

State Farm Insurance Agency of Loretta Johnson

B. Willow | Indoor Houseplants, Terrariums, Local Goods, Flowers


2020 BCBF Judges

2020 BCBF Judges

Harry Alford

Harry Alford


humble ventures

Bonnie Crocket

Bonnie Crocket

Director of Small Business

Baltimore Business Lending, LLC

Don Cutwright

Don Cutwright

Small Business Loan Officer

Baltimore Business Lending, LLC

Doug Holly

Doug Holly


Eagle Management

Loretta Johnson

Loretta Johnson

Owner and Agent

Loretta Johnson State Farm Insurance Agency

Pava LaPere

Pava LaPere

Founder & CEO

EcoMap Technologies

Borndavid McCraw

Borndavid McCraw

PAL Program Coordinator | University of Maryland, Baltimore

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Learn more about our Judges here



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