BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the first Metro Birmingham Children's Business Fair.
Abigail Silmon is one. The 7-year-old entrepreneur's business is named Absolutely Abbey. She is selling the things she loves, like her socks, hair bows and footless leggings. The 7 year old found a void and is quickly trying to fill it.
"I go to stores all the time and I don't see exactly what I want so I asked my mom if we could have this business," she said.
Silmon's mom gave the OK and the business was born.
This Saturday, April 21, Silmon will join 20 other young entrepreneurs who are selling their products in the inaugural Metro Birmingham Children's Business Fair.
"I feel happy because not a lot of kids can do what I'm doing. I feel proud of myself. I feel like I can do whatever I want," Silmon said.
The kids participating are between 6 and 14. They've created a product or service, developed a marketing strategy - and are now selling it.
"With all the negativity going around surrounding children age 6 to 14, they need something positive to do," said Sabrina Mays, the co-founder of the event.
Mays said starting a business has been the outlet for some. She said the skills students are learning now will help them in their future.
"It also helps them with school work. It helps them with all their math, their finances and their learning. They need to know that you can be an entrepreneur at an early age," Mays said.
It's a message that Silmon takes to heart and one she's sharing with her classmates.
"Follow your dreams and you can do whatever you want," she said .
The business fair is scheduled for this Saturday at the Fairfield Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.