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The KBX Event Organizers reached out to every elementary school, middle school, high school and college between Boston, Providence, and Hartford in order to have a colorful variety of student vendors and attendees at this venue.  We also give schools a chance to earn cash to help raise funds for extra school supplies and activities.

How does your school receive cash awards?

Schools must be registered online in order to be eligible to earn and cash awards and students must be associated with a school in order to register for the chance to be selected as a vendor.  That way, when students from your school win any of the several competition during the KBX, your school earns cash too.  When they win, your school wins!  Your school’s PTO Coordinator will receive an email notification that lists all students that have earned cash awards at the KBX for best vendor display and other competitions during the event. Checks are mailed out to schools May 1st 2018.

Student Vendor Application Process 

By participating as a vendor, students get a crash course real-life experience in a variety of subjects including e-commerce, public speaking, finance, product development and sales.  In order to attend as a vendor, students (with help of their parent(s)/guardian(s)) must complete several steps in order to prepare for the expo.   All students under the age of 18 must register with a parent or guardian in order to participate.  Although there are no costs associated to apply to be a student vendor, this is an All-Start Student Vendor Event.  Only a select group of students from each elementary/middle/high school and college will be approved to be a student vendor at the KBX.  Vendor registration ends Jan 15, 2018.  Selected vendors with be notified via email by Feb 1, 2018.  Approval will primarily be determined by:

  • the assistance available to them via parent or guardian
  • the description and ability to explain the product or service they plan to sell
  • the number of students selling the same or similar products or services at the event

Depending on the product or service they intend to sell, students will likely need several weeks to plan and prepare in order to get the most benefit from being a vendor at the Kids Business Expo.  Keep in mind that these time frames are only estimates as students can often work on two or more of the following, depending of the amount of family support available to them.

STUDENT VENDOR REGISTRATION     [NOW – JAN 15 2018]
VENDOR SELECTEE NOTIFICATION      [FEB 1, 2018]
PRODUCT ORDERING & DELIVERY       [1-4 WEEKS]
AD COPY LITERATURE                               [1-2 WEEKS]
PRODUCT DISPLAY DEVELOPMENT    [1-2 WEEKS]

Application deadline for the KBX student vendor selection process is fast approaching. Please communicate to all staff, PTO and students thay may be interested.  Student application forms can be found here