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 6-15.  Admission is free and open to the public.   Bring plenty of cash to spend with the young entrepreneurs!  Now accepting applications.

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.


The Baltimore Children’s Business Fair’s Launch Business Camp is an exciting summer camp program for youth to learn about business in a fun and engaging setting. In an action-packed 3 days, students will cover idea creation, pitching, budgeting, branding, and selling their goods or services! Notable entrepreneurs will join us for question and answer sessions and the students will have Lunch-n-Learns.

We won’t forget the fun! Each activity is geared to the appropriate age group and students will have scheduled breaks with planned games and activities for them to let loose and have even more fun!!

On the final day of the camp, parents and friends are invited to join us in the afternoon for an open house and mini market.


Students can bring a packed lunch daily (peanut-free) or purchase a catered lunch with their registration.

Location: University of Maryland, BioPark


Our camps are open to youth entrepreneurs age 6-14 and run from 9am-4pm each day (before + after care available).


  • July 1-3, 2019 @ University of Maryland, BioPark
  • Life Sciences Conference Center
  • 801 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Cost: $175


  • August 12-14, 2019 @ University of Maryland, BioPark
  • Life Sciences Conference Center
  • 801 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Cost: $175


Catered Lunch: $45

Before Care | 8am-9am (includes all 3 days): $30

After Care | 4pm-5pm (includes all 3 days): $30

Before and After Care (includes all 3 days): $50


Camp fees are refundable less $100 until April 15th. After April 15th all sales are final.


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 2018 sponsors:

Acton Academy

Acton School of Business



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