Children give their sales pitch at kids’ business fair in Greenfield

  • Timi and Jimi Adewunmi share their published children’s book “The Hungry Primates” during a children’s business fair at the Greenfield Elks Lodge on Saturday. Staff Photo/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Abhijay and Adithya Potluri, of Acton, were selling Christmas ornaments during a children’s business fair at the Greenfield Elks Lodge on Saturday. They plan to donate all proceeds to charity. Staff Photo/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Eric Knuth, 10, of Waltham, sells homemade jewelry during a children’s business fair at the Greenfield Elks Lodge on Saturday. Staff Photo/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Young entrepreneurs gathered in the Greenfield Elks Lodge Saturday to share their business pitches. Staff Photo/CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer
Published: 12/6/2021 7:14:08 AM
Modified: 12/6/2021 7:13:40 AM

GREENFIELD — They may be small, but their ideas are big.

Children from around New England set up shop in the Greenfield Elks Lodge Saturday to show off their business ideas and their entrepreneurial skills. Organized by Greenfield resident Amber Ortiz, the event also served as a friendly competition as the youths vied for a $50 cash prize.

“It’s a good opportunity for them,” Ortiz said.

Ideas ranged from homemade jewelry and lemonade to children’s books and Christmas ornaments as each child gave their business pitch.

Windsor, Conn. resident Timi Adewunmi was selling a children’s book he wrote for a creative writing assignment. The book, titled “The Hungry Primates,” is about three monkeys who are trying to get bananas out of a tall tree.

“I wrote it in third grade,” Timi said. “It teaches you when things are hard, you don’t give up.”

Timi, who is in fourth grade now, said he wants to be an author when he grows up and he hopes his book inspires other kids to write, too. He was joined at the booth by his little brother Jimi Adewunmi, who said he wants to be a comic book writer and also hopes other kids are inspired to write books.

“So there can be a lot more books in the library made by kids,” Jimi said.

“The Hungry Primates” is published on Amazon and can be found at amzn.to/3GfB8gk.

Acton resident Abhijay Potluri and his younger brother, Adithya, were selling Christmas ornaments called “Hope Jars” and will donate all proceeds to local toy drives.

Abhijay said he was inspired to start the business when his mother told him that some people cannot afford holiday gifts.

“When my mom told me some kids don’t get Christmas presents, I almost fainted,” Abhijay said. “I thought I could do something. … We want to buy gifts and those toys will go to any local toy drive.”

Abhijay, 9, said he has two goals he’d like to pursue when he grows up: being a businessman or a professional basketball player. For now, though, he is focused on selling the Hope Jars and helping those in need. The boys are also doing an online fundraiser for charity, which can be found at bit.ly/3dipsg7.

“It feels really good,” Abhijay said about donating money and toys. “It makes me happy other people are happy.”

Eric Knuth’s table was covered in all sorts of handmade jewelry. The Waltham resident said he and his sister, Emily, started “Two Kids Crafts” seven months ago after their grandmother inspired them.

“My grandma took a pair of earrings from when my mom was in second grade,” Eric said. “We were wowed and figured out a way to replicate them.”

Eric, who is 10 years old, said business has “been pretty good” and his favorite part is “selling it and making money.” Two Kids Crafts can be found at etsy.me/3rBEFl2.

Greenfield resident Summer Wright, Ortiz’s daughter, is in the process of planning her own baking business, which she wants to call “Summer’s Sweets.”

Summer, 13, said she has a “lot of aspirations for the future” and a bakery is one of them. She added she’d like to bake a wide array of sweet treats like Rice Krispies treats and cookies.

“(I want to) make people happy,” Summer said. “Anything I have left over, I’d give to the homeless. Things shouldn’t go to waste.”

Ortiz said she hopes to hold another children’s business fair in the future and hopes more Franklin County children will participate. More information about upcoming fairs can be found at bit.ly/3dkJqaf.

“You can see it in (attendees’) eyes and spirits, they’re inspired by the children,” Ortiz said. “It’s a community-based thing. If they want to be involved, they’re welcome.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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