Applications Available for the Second Annual Kidz Business Awards

Whether they are earning money to buy their first car or make their first charitable donation, Lake County youth are developing and honing their business skills and there is a local awards program to honor their efforts.

Lake Kidz Biz, a business resource and networking organization for companies focusing on children’s services and products is running their second annual Kidz Business Awards to honor Lake County’s youngest residents for their initiative to undertake a business opportunity and use their entrepreneurial spirit to implement a business concept that either benefits others or is a for profit business endeavor.

The awards program seeks to: recognize Lake County youth for implementing a business concept on their own; identify how youth are having a positive impact in the community; and publicize the importance of youth helping others. Since these kids typically begin projects without fanfare, Lake Kidz Biz needs your help to find our outstanding youth!

Last year we were thrilled and overwhelmed when reading the submitted applications,” states Pat Perry, programming chair and co-founder of Lake Kidz Biz.

“There are so many kids in our area who have out of the kindness of their heart created a business of sorts to provide items or monetary donations to others. Be it big or small, it does not matter. These kids are making a difference while using business concepts and we are pleased to be able to recognize them.”

Along with helping others, there is an award category for an individual who has launched a for profit endeavor. As many Lake Kidz Biz members are business owners and entrepreneurs, it is only fitting a category for a profit endeavor was included.

Entries may not be a school project or assignment or a project submitted for another organization such as a leadership group or scout troop.

Applicants must be 18 years or younger and attend school or reside in Lake County to be eligible for one of the three $250 award categories:

  • One award for an individual not-for-profit (charitable) endeavor
  • One award for a group not-for-profit (charitable) endeavor
  • One award for an individual for profit endeavor

Applicants must submit a two-page application, along with supporting documentation, by December 1st.

Winners in each category will be notified and will be recognized and receive a $250 award prior to the December 21st performance of Willy Wonka at the Fine Arts Association.

For more information, or to find the application online, please visit the Lake Kidz Biz website. All instructions are included in the application. Specific questions can be directed to Pat Perry at (440) 974-1198.

The Kidz Business Awards has received sponsorship support from its sponsors, Captains Charities, Fine Arts Association, Lake News, McDonald’s – Mandovi Enterprises, Inc. (McDonald’s), Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, PNC and Today’s Family Magazine.

Assistance is now needed from the community to help identify youth entrepreneurs. If you know someone who should apply, direct them to the Lake Kidz Biz website to download an application.

About Lake Kidz Biz

Lake Kidz Biz is a four year old organization coordinated under the Lake County Chambers of Commerce that brings together companies focused on children’s products and services. Companies join together in the spirit of enhancing business growth through a collaboration of ideas, cross promotion and marketing efforts. Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month. Membership is open to all members of any chamber of commerce in Lake County. Non-chamber members are welcome and encouraged to participate with the goal of joining one of the Lake County Chambers. For more information, visit Lake Kidz Biz.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold