• John Jantak

Young entrepreneurs aged five to 12 gather in Vaudreuil-Dorion

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Almost 100 young entrepreneurs representing just over 60 businesses gathered in Vaudreuil-Dorion to sell their goods and services on Saturday, June 16.

Aspiring young entrepreneurs from throughout Vaudreuil-Soulanges hawked their wares and services in Vaudreuil-Dorion during the fifth edition of La grande journée des petits entrepreneurs, an event that was held throughout the province last Saturday, June 16.

The event in Vaudreuil-Dorion was arranged by parents from École Brind’Amour who mobilized to set up a group of around 60 small businesses that were manned by students who ranged from kindergartners to Grade 6 students. It was held in an empty grassy lot on Boulevard de la Gare near Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes.

More than 90 young entrepreneurs

The more than 90 participant entrepreneurs were pupils from several elementary schools across the region. They eagerly manned their kiosks and waited for prospective clients with the help and encouragement of their parents.

The youngsters presented a wide array of products and services including gourmet confectionary, lemonade and other assorted fruit juices, works of art including paintings, hand-crafted jewelry and caricatures, magic shows and a bicycle washing service.

They spent several weeks developing their business plans, planning their purchases, producing their products and finalizing their sales pitches which culminated in lots of interactions between buyers and sellers throughout the five-hour event.

Bringing entrepreneurship to life

Prospective customers eagerly strode by the various tented business enclaves along the grassy promenade looking at what goods and services were being offered and making inquiries when something caught a potential buyer’s attention.

The event was organized by a non-profit organization supported by numerous private partners and presented by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. It aims to motivate children to consider entrepreneurship options by participating in a friendly and festive context.

Entrepreneurship is also being regarded as a viable way to bolster the province’s economy, according to the Petits entrepreneurs’ website that states, “We believe that bringing entrepreneurship to life will enliven the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”

For more information, visit www.petitsentrepreneurs.ca/.

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