There’s no kidding around in The Kidpreneur Club.
There are plenty of kids, a.k.a. the kidpreneurs themselves, but the nonprofit has grown so rapidly that it needed a space of its own to provide more services to budding entrepreneurs.
The Kidpreneur Club (TKC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. It organizes marketplaces featuring businesses created and launched by local children.
The nonprofit’s new headquarters had its grand opening celebration on April 29 and will use office space in 4 & Co. Coworking Spaces, a co-op working space recently constructed at 16703 Early Riser Ave., in Land O’ Lakes. The building offers office space and other business services.
The new “K-Club HQ,” says TKC founder, owner and CEO Danielle Cannon, will, eventually, host the Children’s Business Fairs, classes, Kidpreneur networking meetings and other activities.
“With the co-working space we can utilize now, we can offer so much more now than just the business fair,” said Cannon, a Land O’ Lakes native. “In the individual offices (in the co-working space), there are a lot of entrepreneurs here that want to mentor the little ones and share their services.
“Now, there’s all the extra opportunities because of the physical space, so we get to make the foundation of the club the best for the kids and grow it to their needs and develop them into the kidpreneurs they’ll become.”
A lot has changed since Cannon launched the nonprofit in December 2021.
She initially started the Children’s Business Fair as a way to help the neighbor’s kids sell bracelets they had made. She thought of having a neighborhood kids’ market, as her two children wanted to sell stuff, too. The neighborhood kept having the market and each time, it got bigger.
Eventually, that morphed into the very popular Children’s Business Fair, such as the one held Nov. 29 at the KRATE in Wesley Chapel featuring more than 30 kid-owned businesses with booths, at the outdoor shopping plaza.
Cannon never imagined those business fairs would attract so much interest, or that there would be this many kidpreneurs with the full backing of the community.
“We’re so popular, and it’s so exciting,” Cannon said. “I knew there was a gap in the marketplace for something like this — I had done my research to find options available for the kids to sell their businesses and goods.
“But I couldn’t find anything,” she said. “This was created to fill that gap that existed here, but I had no idea so many people were going to want to be a part of it — it’s all so heartwarming because it’s truly a community nonprofit because we’re all working on this and growing this together.”
As “crazy a ride” as it has been for Cannon and TKC, the club is showing no signs of slowing down. For starters, the next business fair will be June 4 back at the KRATE.
Cannon said she plans on spending the summer “developing the foundation of what The Kidpreneur Club is going to be” and “focus on the fundraising efforts” now that the headquarters is open. Cannon also will work on “getting more shoppers to come to the fair to support the kids there and their businesses.” She said she’s also excited about hosting a business fair at the 4 & Co. Coworking Spaces.
Besides, she’s no longer fooling herself. She knows full well she’s become an entrepreneur herself, just like the kiddos.
“I never intended to start a business or nonprofit — I just wanted to help our neighbor’s kids sell bracelets and it turned into this huge passion project,” she said. “But we really get to impact the community and its young business owners, but it is definitely going at warp speed, and it’s amazing that it’s become something the community has really embraced and supported.”
The Kidpreneur Club
Where: 4 & Co. Coworking Spaces, 16703 Early Riser Ave., Land O’ Lakes, 34638 (in Bexley Neighborhood off State Road 54 and the Suncoast Expressway
Details: The Kidpreneur Club (TKC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has the sole purpose of empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. It organizes marketplaces featuring businesses created and launched by local children. Kidpreneurs, ages 6 to 16, develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, plan the cost of goods and pricing, and then open for customers at a fair. Now with a new headquarters in Land O’ Lakes, TKC will have its markets at the co-working space building, as well as various remote locations.
The next kid business fair is scheduled for June 4 at the KRATE at the Grove at Wesley Chapel.
For more information, call 813-825-3793, email , or visit TampaCBF.org.
Published May 10, 2023