Business-savvy kids showcase their products

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) -Taking a step up from the roadside lemonade stand, youngsters with an entrepreneurial flair got a chance to put their products to the test.

Gabriel Foster is too young to work most jobs, but on this day he and dozens of other young entrepreneurs are vying for your business.

"We decided, hey we want to give them a new renovated, a new purpose, so they're not just in junk yards anymore."

The Youth Entrepreneur Showcase gives 5th through 8th graders the opportunity to come up with a product, develop a business plan and set up shop. Foster and his team say they created the VHS Item Box.

"His grandma, she had a lot in her garage she had a lot of boxes of them."

The final round of the competition featured the top 25 teams from around the state.

Carter McKenzie and his team decided to come up with a product that related to their techy world.

"What the Plug Hug is you take it you put it on your charger. Then it can't bend anymore and break."

A hang anywhere dream catcher, phone socks and even homemade soap--all startups with a bright future.

Tyler Johnson, a middle school student from El Dorado said this has been a great learning experience.

"Selling stuff. If we can sell these, think we could sell anything."

Volunteers from both the business and education community judged all the teams.

They gave high marks for creativity, marketing and their overall booth display.


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