The future is bright!

July 5, 2022Doug Peters, President & CEO of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce

I was recently driving through a neighborhood early one morning, and something caught my attention; two small children had a lemonade stand set up in their front yard and were beaming with big smiles as several cars stopped in their tracks and pulled over to buy a glass of lemonade.

The kid’s dad was standing close by and encouraging them as they cautiously tipped the container and filled each glass. After each purchase, the kids looked up at their dad with smiles as big as Texas. You could tell they were bursting with excitement as they collected one dollar from each customer.

As I drove away, lemonade in hand, I couldn’t help but smile. I smiled as I thought to myself, “this is how it starts.”

Every entrepreneur can probably recall the first time they made a sale. Most can probably describe that feeling deep down inside that tells you the hard work you put in was worth it because someone believed in you enough to purchase your creation.

We believe every kid should have the opportunity to experience the joy of entrepreneurship.

Therefore, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union to host the 2022 Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Frontier Texas!.

All children aged 6-14 are welcome to have a booth and sell a product to the public. Booth spaces are free, and all are welcome. Products offered in the past have ranged from homemade jewelry, lemonade, shoe shining, homemade toys, and much more. If you know of a child that would like to participate, please fill out an application HERE.

We invite our business community to come out and support these young entrepreneurs — help them make a sale and give them the gift of seeing one’s hard work pay off.

We believe in Abilene, and we are confident in the future of our business ecosystem. You might ask, why are we so confident? We’re confident because Abilene is home to the most amazing entrepreneurs who are forward-thinkers and visionaries. Have you checked out Downtown Abilene lately?

Here lies proof that Abilene’s best days are not behind us; rather, they are right in front of us. We have a community that believes it doesn’t matter how young or how old you are – if you have a vision and the tenacity to execute that vision, then you can be an entrepreneur and see your dreams become a reality. Here in Abilene, we’re a multi-generational city, and we believe in the current generation of entrepreneurs and the generations that will soon follow.

We hope you’ll join us for the Children’s Business fair presented by Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union and supported by Magnolia & Oak, Potter’s Pizza, Bible Hardware, and Jumps & Tents for Events. We have a feeling you’ll walk away with a smile the size of Texas too.


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