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Homeschool Youth Entrepreneurs: Your Chance To Shine!

By June 26, 2023July 21st, 2023One Comment

Homeschooling creates some of the best youth entrepreneurs we know! They tend to be:

  • Smart (taught at an early age to think independently)
  • Frugal (testing concepts and opportunities within limited budgets)
  • Perseverant (working odd hours and around the clock)
  • Friendly (interacting with different age ranges easily and politely)

But don’t take our word for it. Come see them for yourselves at our conference in April!

This April, we’re thrilled to host the MPE Youth Entrepreneurial Program (YEP) in our vendor hall.

This section of booths started in 2011. It’s entirely run by area homeschooled youth ages 13-18, who are striving to practice their entrepreneurial skills.

Participants each receive half a booth, which features half an 8-foot table, a chair, and a tablecloth. They have the same schedule as the regular vendor hall (Thursday setup, 5-8 p.m.; Friday, 9-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9-5 p.m., then tear down).

Sponsorship from Coughlin Law Office

We also want to thank the Coughlin Law Office for sponsoring our YEP vendor booths! Without this support, the cost of hosting these booths would far surpass our nominal $50 booth rate.

Over the years, our program has included the following youth entrepreneurs:

  • Bishop Brothers Blacksmithing/Prudent Pockets
  • Forget-me-not
  • Nutriplant Agriculture
  • JT Pens
  • Irregular Joe
  • The Resurrection Garden

Please stop by these booths and show your support!

We have updated this blog post, originally published in 2015, for timeliness and detail.

Shanxi Omoniyi

Shanxi Omoniyi (@ShanxiO on Twitter) is MPE's online content director. A homeschool alumna, Shanxi graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in journalism and English. Her company, Wordspire Media, helps businesses and nonprofits share their stories through content marketing, social media management, and email marketing.

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