YouthBiz Marketplace was a huge success last weekend! This year’s Marketplace featured youth business owners of all types: experienced business owners, boasting profits of thousands each year, joined first-timers taking part in their first selling experience. A record 509 customers attended, helping youth entrepreneurs gain valuable sales experience and earn a profit. Two businesses in particular caught my eye, and I’d love to tell you more about them.
As you fill your shopping cart with toys, games, and clothes this holiday season, wouldn’t you also like to add a way for people to be nicer to each other? That’s exactly what Hagan Archer had in mind when he created his business, Be Nice X3. Hagan sold his journals, bumper stickers, postcards, and magnets at last weekend’s YouthBiz Marketplace. The victim of bullying in elementary school, Hagen wanted to start a campaign to “help folks be nice” to each other. Be Nice X3’s products come with a pledge: the customer agrees to perform three acts of kindness a day for a year and to charge five friends to do the same. At the end of the year, notes the pledge, the buyer will have done “1,095 nice acts.”
Matthew and Sophia Layden were first-time Marketplace vendors that had a great experience last weekend for their business, Christmasgami & Holiday Joy. Their hand-made ornaments and toys were a big hit. In the spirit of the season, Matthew and Sophia decided to donate all of their profits to the Denver Santa Clause Shop.
In case you missed it, there’s another Marketplace coming up next weekend in conjunction with the Grand Opening Celebration of Young Americans Bank in Belmar. Doors are open from 10-2–you don’t want to miss this event!