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July 11, 2002 – Shoppers browsing for bargains and unique products will have a chance to attend the third annual Kids Vendors Market at the Mark C. Marin Center at Antilles School Saturday.
The Vendors Market is a product of the Business & Wealth for Kids program, formerly known as Kids-N-Business, run by the Harris Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship Inc. on St. Thomas. Children aged six to 17 have opened their own business during the summer session and are inviting the public to come shop at their unique vendors market.
Event organizer Jamila Harris said the program is a year-round entrepreneurship program. Harris, host of the Business Voice show on Radio One WVWI AM 1000, works all year long to teach entrepreneurship to children in the territory.
This year the summer events are sponsored by WICO and in part by Sen. Lorraine Berry. Berry provided scholarships for eight of the students who could not afford to attend. "It's just very much appreciated," Harris said.
Harris said this year's group of vendors is mostly between six and 10 years old. "They come up with such unique ideas," she said, "You can't miss it." She said vendors will be offering an arcade, bookstore, stationary store and greeting cards along with a silk-screening shop and a jewelry shop. Several of the children will be acting as food vendors.
"Most of the children who will vend have participated in our five-week summer session," Harris said. The event will also feature veterans of the year-long programs. Maria Edwards, winner of entrepreneur of the year award, has been with the program two years. "This year she has a variety store," Harris said.
Also scheduled for Saturday is the West Indian Co. Youth 3-on-3 Basketball tournament. Celebrity basketball coaches Timothy Riley and Brenda Alexander will coach the kids. Riley and Alexander, both from New York, have come to the territory, through the WICO program, for the past three years to coach youth basketball.
Admission to the event is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 to 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. Harris said the proceeds will go to the Marin Center to offset costs. "The center has been housing these community based projects at no cost," Harris said. "It's a way to pay back a little."

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