Caleb and Carson have participated in the Children’s Entrepreneur Market program for 3 years now. They started their business called Two Brothers Rubs and Spices in 2017 because their family loves to BBQ and they wanted to earn money for new bikes. After experimenting with lots of recipes and ingredients, they created a set of 4 rubs that are a huge hit! They created the labels, the packaging, and even some fun names for the rubs: “Glub, Oink, Moo, Cluck”.
The boys have found that the easiest way to talk to adults at the market, was to offer them a sample, then suggest other ways to use the spices. They sell their rubs at the markets, in their community and on their new website, Two Brothers Rubs and Spices!
In 2021, Caleb and Carson received a $500 grant and personalized business coaching from a generous local entrepreneur, to go towards building their business. Be sure to come visit their booth at the 2022 markets and try their delicious rubs!
Emma’s Popcorn Story
5 year old Emma was our frequent flyer in 2021, participating in 8 markets! She even traveled to St. George and sold her heart out in 106 degrees and can’t wait to do it again. Click the video to meet this impressive entrepreneur.
CEM: “How did the popcorn idea start?”
EMMA: “Well, my mom used to own a popcorn business in Tennessee and I would go with her every day. Now I get to do it for real too!”
CEM: “What do you like about selling popcorn?”
EMMA: “Um…it makes me feel good inside because I’m giving something to people.”
CEM: “What is hard about making or selling popcorn?”
EMMA: “Hmm, that I have to stand for a very, very, very long time.”
CEM: “What have you learned from selling at the markets?”
EMMA: “Uhh…smiling and being cute makes people come see me and maybe they want to try my popcorn. The more popcorn I sold, the more money I get and I get to buy stuff from the other kids!”
“We heard about the kids market on Facebook, and started thinking of things we could sell together. We really like to do crafts with our mom, so we thought it would be a fun summer family activity to make things together and sell them. We wanted to make some money, and we’re always trying to start little businesses like bake sales and selling homemade product
Our parents wanted us to learn that it costs money to make the products, and that we need to factor that into our business plan. So our parents asked us to decide what we wanted to sell, then figure out how much it would cost to buy the supplies and how much to sell them for. Then we put together a presentation to ask our parents for a “business loan” to buy the supplies, and said we would pay them back with the money we made before we made a profit.
We were really nervous about selling to people we didn’t know, (because a couple of us are very shy), so we practiced at home. We set up our table and took turns being the seller and the customers walking by. It helped a lot to practice things to say to people who came up to our table.
We participated in two markets, and by the second one we felt a lot more confident in selling! We got to walk around the markets and see what other kids were selling, and see which things were popular. We have already been brainstorming for this summer’s markets. Since we saw how the markets work and saw how we could make money, we each want to do our own booth selling different things this summer!”
-Zoe (11), Brigham (9), Nelson (7)