The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, North Brunswick Chamber and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a Tri-Chamber collaboration of the Building Brunsco Kids Expo.
The Brunswick County Chamber piloted the Building Brunsco Kids Expo on August 25th, 2018 after eight months of planning and preparation. A pop-up shop for youth ages seven to eighteen, the event is modeled after a business expo in which the youth vendors sell their product or service.
The introduction of this new event was brought to Brunswick County to provide a forum for the next generation of entrepreneurs to showcase their passions and talents. Applicants create a product or service, develop the brand, and then market and sell it at the event. They run the booths without adult assistance ensuring they practice skills necessary for professional and personal growth such as creative and critical thinking, math and communication skills.
The inaugural event on Saturday, August 25th in Calabash introduced thirty-three young entrepreneurs selling from twenty-five booths. Calabash Mayor, Mary Knight, kicked the morning off, sharing her enthusiasm for the kids and pride in their accomplishments with a ribbon cutting as parents and shoppers eagerly awaited the opening of the Expo.
Approximately three hundred people attended, shopping and sharing in the excited energy of the day. Attendees raved about the variety and quality of products, eye-catching displays and customer service skills of the vendors. As a one-time event it was clearly a success, creating a building block for which a county-wide program could take shape.
Chamber Presidents, Shannon Viera, Brunswick County Chamber, Dana Fisher, North Brunswick Chamber and Karen Sphar, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber have come together to take that next step by providing multi-location opportunities for the youth to get involved in the event. Beginning in 2019, each Chamber will host the Kids Expo in their central area of the county – North Brunswick in the Spring, Brunswick County Chamber continuing in Summer and Southport-Oak Island Area in late Fall with a tie in to Shop Local Saturday in November.
Shannon Viera, Brunswick County Chamber President is excited about the partnership, “Ensuring this opportunity is available to all the youth in our county is a vision that we share. Providing a place for the next generation of our county’s workforce to develop their professional skills while supporting their dreams is not just a goal, but a passion. As the organizations behind the business community working to ensure their growth and success, it is a natural fit to each Chamber’s program line-up.”
While each Chamber will be responsible for one event, the Chambers will work together to market and promote each location, share resources and take a collective approach on continued development of the Expo and cultivation of future young leadership programs.
For more information on the Building Brunsco Kids Expo, please visit http://brunswickcountychamber.org/buildingbrunscokidsexpo/.
To follow-up with the Chamber in your area:
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce: http://brunswickcountychamber.org/
North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce: http://www.nbchamberofcommerce.com/
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce: https://www.southport-oakisland.com/