BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – In Ascension Parish, Kids are putting their entrepreneurship skills to the test. The Active Leadership Academy hosted its annual Children’s Business Fair. 

Young entrepreneurs are learning the ins and outs of owning a business. This initiative started about 15 years ago in Texas. Now, about 200 – 300 schools across the country participate.

“I think it’s been pretty good. I’ve made a lot of people pretty happy. And I’ve also had a lot of people not necessarily buy… but potentially buy,” said Alana Sweet, Child Entrepreneur.

They came up with a product to sell at the community business fair with the hopes of turning a profit. While also competing for a prize. 

“We want the kids to learn what it’s like – what it takes to actually start a business and come up with a creative idea, a dream, and actually take that and execute that.….and just going through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship,” said Jeremy Molley, The owner of Active Leadership Academy.

Molley says all hands were “off-deck” for parents. If they were caught assisting their child, it could cost them money.

“In fact, they actually get disqualified from the competition if your parent goes behind the booth and tries to sell for you,” said Molley.

Just two weeks out from the event, Alana Sweet, one of the young entrepreneurs, decided to switch gears… from wind chimes to scented candles.

“It was a bit stressful because I had a different business at first,” said Sweets.

Alana says the last-minute learning curve taught her a lot about owning a business. Now, the 10-year-old and Jeremy have some advice for both the parents and future child participants.

“Find something that’s not too hard to do. Find something a bit more simple. Just to kind of start, play around with the business ideas. See what people like. See what your customers are like and just really work hard,” said Sweets.

“Children are capable of so much more than we can imagine if we just get out of the way sometimes and just let them – let them work the magic and have fun,” said Molley.

By the end of the fair, Alana hopes to be out of debt. The young entrepreneur says she has to pay her mom back for all materials and supplies.

To learn more about the “Active Children’s Business Fair” visit the program website.