Kids learn ABCs of business at Multicultural Business Expo

October 27, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART


In between the adults promoting their goods and services at Saturday's second annual Multicultural Business Expo, children were seen at some of the tables.

Dorothy Roman, organizer of the expo, thought this year it would be a great idea to have children learn the ABCs of starting a business and let them follow through on it.

A total of 11 young people ranging in age from 7 to 17 were encouraged to come up with ideas for businesses that included B&B Bakery, Jade's Jewels, Kidz Contact for You, Branson Cheetos and Drinks, Accessorize That, Games Galore, Jonai's Glitter Toes, Mr. Snacks and Kidz Hip Hop Hats.


They attended seminars in September in preparation for Saturday's expo at North Middle School, Roman said.

One of the youngest to complete the program was Brionna Roman. At the tender age of 7, Brionna came up with a hat designing company she calls Kidz Hip Hop Hats.

"I've always liked hats," she said.

At the expo, Brionna modeled one of her favorite designs ? a camouflage cap with a twist.

On the bill, Brionna attached glittering rhinestones in a cluster as well as in a row along the entire front of the hat.

By midday, Brionna had sold $144 worth of her hats. She said the money was going toward an iPod.

Brionna is a student at Faith Christian Academy, which was the site of last year's "adults only" expo.

This year, the grown-ups had jewelry collections, home interiors, fashions, teas, purses, books and representatives of a number of support groups.

Roman is with Mission Outpost Bookstore, and said she couldn't have brought everything together this year without the help of Delta Sigma Theta and its president, Carla Hunter, and the Eastern Panhandle Community Federal Credit Union, which was a gold sponsor for the youth projects.

A highlight of the all-day program was the presentation of citations from West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin to the 11 young people.

Mary Jo Brown, who represents Manchin in a five-county region, handed out the plaques.

"The governor wanted me to tell you students how proud he is of you," Brown said.

The governor also challenged each of the young entrepreneurs to continue their quest to start a business and to keep it in West Virginia when they do.

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