Investing in Our Future

Tamika Heard | Contributor

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MARCH, 2017

Young Voices

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A “Kidpreneur” is a young person who monetizes their gifts, skills, talents and/or services. I began 901 Kidpreneurs because I knew there were kids in the city of Memphis who would love to showcase and sell their products if they were given the opportunity. I want to be in a position to pour the knowledge that I have into the lives of the young people who are already ambitious and hard working. If it’s in them at 5 years old, it’ll be with them at 35 so we may as well start early.

I began 901 Kidpreneurs because I knew there were kids in the city of Memphis who would love to showcase and sell their products if they were given the opportunity.

Makeda’s Cookies Downtown has opened its doors for Kidpreneur Marketplaces this year. We allow the Kidpreneurs to come out to set up and sell their products at no cost to them. This past Saturday, we had our 1st annual Kidpreneur Spring Extravaganza. We also had a 901 Rocks table set up for kids to express themselves creatively, there was face painting, a dancing Cookie Monster and a DJ. It’s all about allowing kids to express themselves, sell their products and have fun. We had 10 Kidpreneurs displaying and selling their products and they were as follows: Angels and Tomboys (Body Spray and Lotions for tweens) Irokie Creates (Jewelry) Designs by Gabbi (Jewelry) Racin’ Designs (Vintage Jewelry) Blastade (Energy Drink) Sweet Petite’s by Stacee (Cookies) NJ3 (Young girl group from West Memphis) Neeka’s Face Painting Kid Dj Sik Fernandes Photography

The ambition and drive of these 901 Kidpreneurs inspire me to keep going because I know they’re looking at us as examples.

This is our 3rd Kidpreneur event since the Downtown location re-opened in March of 2016 and more parents are becoming interested in investing in their child’s future as an entrepreneur. We also have an educational piece to provide our Kidpreneurs with the information that will help them as they grow as entrepreneurs. At our first event, we had Yasmeen, The Frugal Genie. She talked to the youth about the importance of budgeting and managing their money. Tramica Morris and Moziah Bridges (Mo’s Bows) spoke words of wisdom and encouragement to the Kidpreneurs last December. This past Saturday, Rachel Lawson, of Anna Julia Cooper Educational Services, spoke to the youth about their purpose, being chosen and integrity. It’s important that we pour as much wisdom into our youth as possible. It is our responsibility to make sure that they are prepared and ready to become productive citizens.

Tamika Heard

Tamika Heard

Co Owner at Meekies Munchies

  • PR Rep at Makeda’s Cookies Downtown
  • Forklift Operator/Material Handler at Federal Express
  • Studied Professional and Technical Writing at University of Memphis

Still grinding…THINKIN #MUNCHtastic thoughts

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