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Thursday May 2, 2024 | 12 Noon - 2 PM
Powder Springs, GA

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We are ending our homeschool year with our young people taking the lead as entrepreneurs during our Black Youth Entrepreneurs Expo, BYEE! Does your child have a business idea or service that they want to bring to life? Do they like making money and feeling independent? Do you want them motivated to do something productive over the summer? Well, the BYEE is the event for them! Let your children put their innovative skills to work and showcase their entrepreneurial minds at BYEE. Each participant will compete to earn an entrepreneur award and trophy. Find out more about the event and register your young entrepreneur below.

 

BYEE entrepreneurs application deadline is Friday, April 19th.

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Preparing Our Youth For Furture Success!

  • What is BYEE?
    BYEE or Black Youth Entrepreneur Expo, is designed to give young black and brown entrepreneurs an opportunity to create, execute, and showcase their own business, product and/or services.
  • Who is BYEE for?
    Brown and black youth between the ages of 5 and 18 who have an entrepreneurial spirit and like to earn money.
  • Why should my child participate in BYEE?
    If you and your child full embraces the experience, the BYEE will allow participants to: Build their problem solving abilities Boost their creativity Build their communication skills Develop self- confidence Feel more responsibility & independence Learn perseverance & resilience
  • How do I register for the BYEE ?
    All participants must complete a registration online and pay their registration fee. See registration links below. Non-Heritage Members Register Here Heritage Members Register Here
  • Can I register as part of a group?
    Yes, there can be up to three (3) young entrepreneurs per business. A group of up to three should submit one application that includes each child’s information. One (1) business entity per registration form. Up to three (3) entrepreneurs per business entity registration. We are limited to 20 businesses this year, so we strongly recommend siblings team up as a family business or friends team up as a single enterprise. For example, if you have three children that want to sell 3 different products, they would register as the Doe Family Company. At their vendor's table they would sell their 3 products under the same brand, Doe Family Company., i.e. Devin's Donuts by Doe Family Co.
  • Are there any fees associated with the BYEE?
    Yes. There is a $15 business registration fee for Heritage Members and a $25 business registration for non-Heritage Members. Registration includes: One (1) Table with chairs Entry into the BYEE Entrepreneurs Competition One (1) BYEE Participation certificate for each business member One (1) raffle ticket for each business member for the BYEE giveaways NO REFUNDS (or credits) will be given for any reason. No exceptions. Registrations can be transferred to a friend by emailing us their name and contact information. Each business registration form can include up to 3 children operating under the single business entity. One (1) business entity per registration form. Up to three (3) entrepreneurs per business entity registration.
  • I have a TLC Community Day Membership, do I have to pay the BYEE registration fee?
    Yes. Anyone that plans on registering their business for the BYEE will need to pay the appropriate registration fee for their business.
  • What is the BYEE Competition?
    As a way to encourage all of our entrepreneurs to strive for their best, each BYEE participant will be automatically entered into the expo competition. Throughout the expo judges will evaluate based on items like, each business's creative, product/service, table presentation, and sales pitch. The competition gives BYEE participants additional recognization for their participation and hard work. Certificates, awards and/or trophies will be given for the following categories: BYEE Participation Certificate One (1) certificate will be awarded to each business member participating in BYEE. Best Table Presentation Ribbon (5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-18) One (1) ribbon will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins for their age group. A business with members of mixed ages will be added to the age group that the oldest member falls within. This award will be based on the following criteria: Does the business catch your attention from a distance? Is the business clearly labeled for customers to see? Is the table organized and products are displayed clearly and restocked as needed? Best Food/Beverage Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Does the name of the food match the presentation of the item? Is the flavor profile appropriate for the food item or beverage? Is the food or beverage stored properly? Best Handmade item Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Is this item an original piece made by the entrepreneur? Does the item appear to be durable? Does the cost match the quality? Most Creative Business Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Is this business an innovative new product/service OR an expansion of a pre-existing product/service? Is this business unique to the B.Y.E.E. (are there more vendors offering the same thing)? Does this business require a special skill to create the product? Most Business Potential Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Can this business thrive in other marketplace outlets such as: online/e-commerce, farmer’s markets etc.? Can this business be scaled to hire employees? Does this business have potential to be pitched to receive startup funding in the future?
  • What are the rules and regulations of the BYEE ?
    The BYEE is designed to empower the young entrepreneurs by giving them an opportunity to gain the experience of selling their product or service. Parents are prohibited from selling or promoting a child's business during the expo. Any parents found doing so, their child's business will be disqualified from the expo competition. Although parents of younger entrepreneurs are welcome to sit at their child's table, the children should be responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales. Registration: Parents may help their child fill out the application, but we expect the children to do as much as possible by themselves. Participation: Children must be 5 to 18 years old and able to run the booth without their adults interacting with the customers AT ALL. Parents can assist their child when needed, but children must be able to: Prep, cook and serve the food for their business Take/fulfill orders, and answer questions Take payment and make change Be present at their table during the expo If your child cannot do these things with minimal help, either enlist an older sibling to partner with the younger child's business to offer assistance, pare down their offerings, or wait for a future date when they are able to do so. Parents Code of Conduct: Parents/Adults CANNOT answer questions, take orders, handle food or money or engage customers directly. However, they can assist their child by restocking products. Parents/Adults CANNOT prepare, cook or serve food. If the young entrepreneur needs to leave their table, please put up a “Be Back Soon” sign on the table. Parents/Adults CANNOT take payments. If you choose to use payment apps, teach your child how to use it beforehand. Parents/Adults CANNOT leave the venue premises throughout the duration of the expo. Parents/Adults CAN be present at their child's table, however, as reiterated above, they CANNOT interact with customers, this is what makes for an impactful learning experience for the young people. If parents/adults do not adhere to these rules, their child will be disqualified from the expo competition. Selling: The young entrepreneur must sell at their own table. They are not permitted to walk around selling. NO yelling or loud music playing to attract customers. Please wear gloves if selling food. Bartering is NOT allowed. If you sell out, put a "Sold Out" sign on your table and enjoy the rest of the expo. You CANNOT break down your table until the end of the expo. Parents may assist their children in a limited capacity "as needed", but are not allowed to engage customers directly. Parents cannot sell for their young entrepreneur AT ALL. If the entrepreneur leaves the booth for any reason, they must put a “Be Back Soon” sign on the table. Selling: The young entrepreneur must sell at their own table not walking around selling. NO yelling or loud music playing to attract customers. Please wear gloves if selling food. Bartering is NOT allowed. If you sell out, put a "Sold Out" sign on your table and enjoy the rest of the expo. You CANNOT break down your table until the end of the expo. Parents may assist their children when needed, but are not allowed to engage customers directly. Parents cannot sell for their young entrepreneur AT ALL. If the entrepreneur leaves the booth for any reason, they must put a “Be Back Soon” sign on the table. Clean Up: You are responsible for collecting all of your own trash and hauling it to the designated disposal area. Leave your table and space clean!
  • What awards will be given for the BYEE Competition?
    Awards and trophies will be given for the following categories: BYEE Participation Certificate One (1) certificate will be awarded to each business member participating in BYEE Best Table Presentation Ribbon (5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-18) One (1) ribbon will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins for their age group. A business with members of mixed ages will be added to the age group that the oldest member falls within. This award will be based on the following criteria: Does the business catch your attention from a distance? Is the business clearly labeled for customers to see? Is the table organized and products are displayed clearly and restocked as needed? Best Food/Beverage Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Does the name of the food match the presentation of the item? Is the flavor profile appropriate for the food item or beverage? Is the food or beverage stored properly? Best Handmade item Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Is this item an original piece made by the entrepreneur? Does the item appear to be durable? Does the cost match the quality? Most Creative Business Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Is this business an innovative new product/service OR an expansion of a pre-existing product/service? Is this business unique to the B.Y.E.E. (are there more vendors offering the same thing)? Does this business require a special skill to create the product? Most Business Potential Trophy (All ages) One (1) trophy will be awarded to each business member, if their business wins this category. This award will be based on the following criteria: Can this business thrive in other marketplace outlets such as: online/e-commerce, farmer’s markets etc.? Can this business be scaled to hire employees? Does this business have potential to be pitched to receive startup funding in the future?
  • When is the deadline to sign-up?
    The application deadline for entrepreneurs is Friday, April 19th. Space is limited so don't delay.
  • What can my young entrepreneur sell during the expo?
    Children CAN sell handmade, store-bought, food, games or services. NO raw food allowed. NO animals allowed- unfortunately we do not have the capacity to accommodate animals on this campus NO fundraisers allowed. (i.e. Girl Scout and/or Boy Scout products). NO CBD products. Children may NOT sell goods on behalf of their parents. Children must have an active role in the acquisition and/or production of their product.
  • What if someone else has the same business idea?
    Healthy business competition can promote innovation. We allow the customers and market forces to run its course when dealing with two of the same kinds of business ideas at the expo. Although we do not restrict multiple businesses that are similar, we will inform the later applicant that another entrepreneur has a similar business. This will allow the later applicant an opportunity to decide if they would like to make any adjustments to their business plan.
  • Will electrical outlets be available for use?
    Unfortunately, we are not able to provide electrical outlets to each table.
  • I would love to have my child participate, but I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?
    Absolutely, here are a few helpful resources that will help your child learn more about entrepreneurship and help get their creative business juices flowing. Entrepreneurship Resources: https://kidpreneurs.org/basic-business-terms-kidpreneurs-should-know/ https://kidpreneurs.org/kidpreneurs-business-ideas/ https://www.gohenry.com/us/blog/money-management/the-gohenry-guide-to-entrepreneurship Business Ideas: https://www.signupgenius.com/Business/kid-entrepreneur-ideas.cfm https://wedevs.com/blog/463195/school-market-day-ideas/
  • Can my family attend the BYEE even if my child is not participating?
    Absolutely. Those that would like to attend the BYEE can register for their free ticket here. Although BYEE is free to attend, we ask that all attendees be prepared to spend between $5-$20 with our young entrepreneurs.
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BYEE Public Registration Form

Participants of the Black Youth Entrepreneurs' Expo must be complete the following registration form and pay the registration fee of $25. 

This section can be completed by a parent/gaurdian:
This section should be filled out by the young entrepreneur(s), Parents can help as needed.
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Parents, please read over this contract with your child and have them agree to these terms in order to participate in the BYEE.

You have successfully submitted your application.

We are no longer accepting application for the 2024 BYEE We encourage our young entreprenurs to keep working on their business plan and apply to particpate next spring.
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