Children show off talents in Business Fair Expo
Kibo Manning, the owner of White Tiger Comics, displays his comic books for sale.
VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Gaines
Some children around Brevard County don’t want to wait until the age of 16 to work.
This entrepreneur spirit was apparent at the inaugural Brevard Children’s Business Fair Expo held at The Avenue Viera on March 31. Ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old, 25 vendors showed off their business acumen.
The criteria was to make or build a product to sell without any interference or help from parents. It included transactions from selling to handling electronic payments.
“We plan on having it next year with 50 booths,’’ said Nora McFarland, the organizer of the expo. “Next year, participants don’t have to do the same business as this year.’’
Kibo Manning might only be 8 years old, but he has some bold ideas. His White Tiger Comics won the competition for the most original business idea.
“I make comics and bookmarks, pictures and pencils to sell,’’ Manning said. “One of my comics is called “Senior Man Bun,” and it's only $3. This is our best seller so far, and we made another book called “Mad Dad.” It’s inspired off of my favorite book called “Calvin and the Hobbs.’’ Well, this one hasn't been bought too much — only like five times. But, it's still a good book to read.’’
Nimrit Doad, a 15-year-old student from Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School, used knowledge gained from the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program to become the CEO of Skin Care Plush. Doad sells all-natural bath bombs and all-natural acne oils.
“The bath bombs are coconut oil infused and they are lightly pigmented colors,’’ Doad said. “That way, when you wash it off in the tub, you won't have any stains left. The oils have antibacterial and antifungal qualities, so it’s a quick addition to a nightly routine. It’s quick and it’s easy and it really works. You see a difference within just a week. ’
Doad hopes to become a dermatologist after college.
“I was 13 when I started and I had bad acne,’’ Doad said. “Any chemical cleansers or facials would burn my skin or make my acne worse. So, I started getting into natural oils. It took about six months of research to find the right recipe.’’
Abigail Perez, a student at Palm Bay Magnet High School, started her AP Design company about a year ago.
“I started my design because I am really into making statements in the city I'm around,’’ Perez said. “So, I make shirts to make statements around the community. And then, I also have decals and popsockets. I also make custom cups that have different designs — inspiring, funny, religious.’’
Dylan Geiger, 15-year-old freshman at Satellite High School, started the perfect business to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Brevard County.
“My business is providing kids and adults with the opportunity to get on the water and paddle,’’ Geiger said. “I'm instructing them on the proper ways to paddle properly and safely. I’m also promoting the importance of keeping our waterways safe and clean.’’
Slayde Kerner, a student from Viera High School, hopes to help younger students use their time wisely this summer.
“We are doing a Crafting Education Academy,’’ said Kerner, who won the award for Highest Business Potential. “It's a STEM nonprofit educational charity. What we do is teach a bunch of different programs. We do MinecrafdtEdu, Roblox, 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics — everything you can imagine. We do summer break camps, spring break camps, after-school programs.’’
Junky to Funky won the award for Best Presentation/Creativity.