Downtown Grand Junction farmers market welcomes young entrepreneurs
The Downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market, the largest in western Colorado, is hoping to attract young entrepreneurs to participate in the weekly market. “There are some great stories within the local community of creative kids launching really cool businesses and we think the Downtown Farmers Market, which focuses on local food and art, is a great place for them to showcase what they’ve done,” said Robin Brown, special events coordinator for Downtown Grand Junction.
Brown was approached by Amber Seaton who had the idea of the Young Entrepreneurs section. Seaton’s 11-year-old daughter had a hobby business selling small dolls and was interested in joining the market. Brown loved the idea and came up with a plan.
To make it easy on the new businesses, the market will provide a booth, table, and chairs and the young business owners only need to bring their products and a sign. Young entrepreneurs must follow the same rules as any other business, which means they are required to have a state and city sales tax license and if their product is food, they must have approval from the health department as well. Booth rates for children up to age 16 will be $20 per business per week and businesses will share a booth.
“We hope to launch the Young Entrepreneurs booth on Thursday, July 2, and then host it every other week through the end of the market depending on how much participation we get,” Brown said.
The Downtown Farmers Market focuses on locally owned businesses that have a product to sell that was grown or produced in the local region. This year, the market consists of 14 farmers and ranchers, as well as a number of packaged food, prepared food, and artists. A limited number of non-profits that have information to share with the public, as well as the market sponsors are the only exceptions.
The market runs every Thursday through Sept. 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.
For more information or to apply to the market, visit http://www.downtowngj.org.
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