To Apply:

  • Read the guidelines below.
  • Think about a business idea.
  • Get a parent’s permission and submit your business idea before August 5 at: http://www.childrensbusinessfair.org/raleigh.  This is the parent website for all Children’s Business Fairs.

You will receive an email confirmation after you submit your application with further details. Because of high interest in this event, accepted businesses are asked to send a $10 booth deposit to hold their space. The deposit will be returned at the start of the fair. Businesses who cancel their participation in the fair forfeit their deposits.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be between the ages of 6 – 14 on or before the September 10, 2016.  If your business idea has similar entries that were accepted before your submission, we will notify you so you have the opportunity to resubmit a new application.  The application deadline is August 5, 2016.

Business Guidelines

There are none! Use your imagination and passion to develop the business idea that you are excited about.

Booth Description

Each business will be given their own booth space.  Each booth will have: one six-foot table, full-cover tenting, and one chair.  Table covers are not provided. No more than three participants per booth/business idea are permitted.  No businesses requiring electricity or generators will be allowed.

Booths will be evaluated by independent judges on a variety of criteria, including:  Most Original Business Idea, Highest Business Potential, and Best Presentation/Creativity.  Cash prizes of $50 will be awarded to the business per award and age group.  Age groups will be determined based on registered businesses.

Sales Rules

Parents of younger children may sit in their booth, but the children are to be responsible for the setup, sales and interacting with the customers.  This event is designed to give children a taste of selling a product.  Please let them have that experience.  Any parent seen selling to the customer or promoting the child’s product will result in disqualification from the competition.

Questions? Email Kayla Nguyen, Fair Coordinator, at raleighcbf@gmail.com.