Guam’s youngest entrepreneurs and future business leaders who aspire to open their own businesses when they grow up got their first taste of selling their products at Neni’s Market on Saturday in Guam. Premier Outlets.
22 young entrepreneurs under the age of 12 participated in The Neni Market Program created by the non-profit organization Inspire Marianas.
The kids recently attended four workshops where they learned the basics of starting and running a business.
The first workshop focused on brain-teasing ideas and what it means to be an entrepreneur followed by workshops on finance such as profit, loss and income, a marketing workshop and a in customer engagement.
“I learned how to have my own business and how to make things,” said Railey Topasna, 8, of Yona, who sold out of the slime toys she made, like play dough, within the first two hours of sitting. behind his booth.
Topasna says she wants to start her own jewelry business in the future that focuses on making bracelets.
“Seeing the light in the eyes of the nuns now when they talk about their products and also seeing all the customers who work with them and treat them like adults and together – people are really fun to watch,” said Daria Calvo, director of Neni. Market program.
Kaia Crisostomo, 10, of Dededo, heard about the workshop from a classmate at school and asked her parents to come along.
She said the program and her time at the market selling handmade bracelets was a wonderful experience.
“I think my daughter has learned a lot about how to run a business and it also gives us an understanding of how difficult it is,” said Kaia Crisostomo’s father, Mark Crisostomo.
To entertain children and patrons during the event, there was live music by KPV and the Homies along with a dance performance by The Talent Box and a mini drone display by Bella Wings Aviation – as well as Twenty One Pixels photo opportunity.
The Bank of Guam’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, along with other local entrepreneurs collaborated to produce the program.
For more information about the program and Inspire Marianas, visit inspiremarianas.org/thenenimarket or email [email protected]
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