Are you looking for ways for your child to learn trade, salesmanship, and business skills? As part of the Training and Certificate program at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference, we’re offering a major upgrade in our youth vendor program. Not only will students have the opportunity to set up shop in our new Youth Vendor area, they’ll also be able to benefit from instruction and feedback and learn from AME’s two exclusive training sessions!
Here’s what some of our past youth vendors have to say:
- “We have participated in the CHEC Conference for over four years now and have learned much from our experience. With the opportunity that CHEC gives young people to make a business and present it, this is a wonderful experience. We have learned business skills and experience from being able to have a booth at the conference. Also, making friends with other entrepreneurs is very encouraging. I would urge anyone who wants to start a business, as a young person, to come and get a booth at the CHEC conference to get the wonderful knowledge of selling your products and experiencing the fun and joy of meeting new people!” – Catherine
- “My name is Mary Sorteberg, and I’m the owner of Fragile Glory Impressions Art Studio. I am an artist who sells my work, creates custom commissions, and teaches art to children and adults. I have been in business selling and teaching art for 12 years now. Those years would not be possible without some special opportunities that Christian Home Educators of Colorado offered. For six years I had a small booth at the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference selling my note cards and prints that I had created from my original artwork. The lessons I learned being a youth vendor were super beneficial for my future success. Having a booth gave me the opportunity to learn how to market, communicate with customers, make transactions on the spot, and ultimately create a brand name for my business. Every year I came back to sell, more and more people recognized my work and wanted to buy again. Persisting year after year was a challenge, but I kept going, growing every year and enjoying it. Last year I ‘outgrew’ the youth vendors section and now have been able to afford a booth in the main hall along with other companies and products. To all those aspiring entrepreneurs, I want to encourage you and say that the baby steps are necessary to grow the business you want to have. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity that CHEC provides to young people. Use it as a springboard! You never know where it may take you.” – Mary
- “I participated in the the youth vendor hall three years in a row, starting when I was 15, and each time was a growing experience for me. It was a great time learning to conquer my fears of talking with the public who came by my booth. My first time there, I was very scared, but the girl at the table next to mine was sweet and bold in talking to people walking by, and she encouraged me to be bold, too. I came to really enjoy it as I learned not to be so timid and how to talk with the people who came by and asked questions. I would recommend having a booth at the CHEC conference to any youth who has a business of their own, at least one year, and more if you can! It will grow and stretch you in a good way that will benefit your life.” – Emily