The Young Entrepreneurs Market (YEM) by The Community Tap is a bi-annual event that provides a safe environment for kids to practice and sharpen their entrepreneurial skills. You’re invited to come out and purchase handmade items and special services from these motivated kids in our community! Customers will find items like hand-made resin jewelry, planters, pet treats, fine artwork, stationary, ornaments, yard services, accessories, and so much more! All vendors accept cash, and most will accept Venmo and PayPal. Bring all your money, folks!
You have two opportunities to shop this Fall (2023):
Vendor sign-ups are due by October 18th. The sign-up form requires the vendor information (name/email), a description of the product or service, and a business name. After signing up, vendors will receive a Business Plan Form to fill out and submit by October 25th. This form will include a more detailed worksheet requiring a marketing plan, customer base thoughts, cost of goods sold, labor estimate, and estimated profit. Vendors should think through their business model in detail for a successful market! Scroll to the bottom of this page for more FAQs about vending at the market.
All entrepreneurs have the opportunity for a Young Entrepreneurs Market Workshop presented by the TR Makers Co! Kids will connect with fellow youth entrepreneurs, share their brand journey, and discuss upcoming market products. Led by Kristin LaRoy, owner of TR Makers Co and a celebrated entrepreneur, YEs will gain insights from her 8-year journey as an Artisan Entrepreneur and Business Person of the Year. Make sure to sign-up by October 18th so you can participate in this workshop on October 22nd in Travelers Rest
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is excited to offer two participants in the Young Entrepreneur Market the opportunity to sell their products in The TCMU Store! Products will be judged during the market based on things like creativity, brand alignment, and fun factor. The winning entrepreneurs will be offered a deal from The TCMU Store buyer and a featured retail display at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. So if you can’t attend our markets in November, be sure to check-out the YE’s at our very own Children’s Museum!
Interested in participating as a Young Entrepreneur? Here’s what you need to know: