Wichita children will showcase businesses this Saturday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

More than 200 children will showcase their businesses at the first Wichita Children's Business Fair this Saturday.

The event is presented by the Wonder School and will feature businesses created and operated by children, ages 6 to 12.

"We know Wichita has a very good entrepreneurial ecosystem. We thought why not get some of the younger kids involved in this early and get them used to what it's like to be an entrepreneur," said Zach Lahn, co-founder of Wonder.

The Wichita Children's Business Fair will feature 120 businesses, from a total of 250 young entrepreneurs. 

"We've had a lot of kids sign up. We've had tons of interest from kids. They really want to do this. Now, we, as a community, need to come out and support them," said Lahn.

Kids create a product or service, develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, and then sell to customers at this one-day marketplace. 

The children are responsible for the setup, sales, and interacting with customers.  

Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the three age groups (6-7, 8-10, and 11-12) for "Most Business Potential," "Most Creative Idea," and "Most Impressive Presentation." Any parent seen selling to the customer or promoting the child's product will result in disqualification from the competition. 

The event will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bradley Fair, 21st Street and Rock Road.

To learn more about the Wichita Children's Business Fair, click here.