Jo Jo’s Crafts was a nonprofit charity organization founded in 2012. Every year a different charity for kids is picked and donated to, which includes children campaigns, food pantries and hospitals. This year Jo Jo’s Crafts is supporting Lutheran Children’s Hospital and the Milford Food Pantry. Jo Jo’s Crafts can be found on Facebook at Samantha and Josalyn’s Charity Project.
Pictured is Josalyn and Samantha Kolberg. Their partner Katy Flannery is not pictured.
NORTH WEBSTER — The 2017 Kosciusko County Kid’s Business Fair is an annual event where kids can formulate business ideas and display their entrepreneur expertise for visitors and judges to observe. The fair was in the North Webster Community Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Director of the Community Center Erin Smith and Coordinator Mike Kissinger oversaw that the fair went smoothly and visited presentations to ask questions and show their support.
The fair is split into three age categories from kindergarten to second grade, third to fifth grade and sixth to eighth grade. Each business idea is then judged by locals within the community who come from all walks of life, which can range from retired teachers to retired public servants. Cash prizes are awarded to one business in each age category and is judged based on highest business potential, best presentation and most original idea.
This year’s kid’s business fair had 24 participants with a wide range of ideas that stemmed from the kids’ personal passion and interest to their observations and willingness to help others. While it is a business fair, there were many nonprofit ideas.
This is the fourth year the Kosciusko County Kid’s Business Fair has taken place with new and old participants competing. Many kids had jars and boxes set out for donations, which they ended up giving the money earned back to for community causes.
Placement in kindergarten to second grade for Best Presentation was Carter Wolfe. Most Original Idea was Jaedyn McClure. Best Business Potential was Raily Klinefelter.
Placement from third to fifth grade for Best Presentation was Mikilah Wiggs. Most Original Idea was Lynk Klinefelter. Best Business Potential was Cade Garden.
Placement from sixth to eighth grade for Best Presentation was Layla Scott. Most Original Idea was Trinity and Chloe Smeltzer. Best Business Potential was Devin VanLue.
Jaedyn McClure placed for Most Original Idea. Seniors Smile is and idea Jaedyn came up with since she visits everyone in nursing homes to spend time with them by talking, singing, read, performing magic tricks, taking walks and dancing.
Donovan and Aidan Carra spent their third year at the business fair presenting their coffee business idea. The coffee is bought from local suppliers where the Carra brothers then taken the coffee home to roast themselves.
Sienna Holder learned from her mother how to bake and cook. Her love for rock candy led to her to learn how to make it from scratch and then make a business idea out of it.
Madi Conn and Mase Flores presented their idea called Out of the Box Productions. They make drinks like hot chocolate and soda while focusing on recycling to preserve the environment. They are available for parties.
Calista Poe had started learning about business in school, which made her think about potential business ideas. While she thought about knitting or writing a book, she decided to bake instead. She is looking forward to trying new things.
Mikilah Wiggs place for Best Presentation with her business idea called Ki’s Creations. Mikilah found an idea for bathbombs and other home products on Pinterest.
Carter Wolfe placed for Best Presentation for his hot chocolate business idea.
Layla Scott placed for Best Presentation with Krafty Kid, sharing the table with her sister Eden Scott. The sisters enjoyed decorating mason jars, picture frames, magnets and creating slime.
H & A Gift Shop was an idea created by Alexis Stump and Hannah Likens. They handmade canvases and magnets for home decor.
Sierra Delafuente and her pop love popcorn so much that she created a business out of it called Poppin’ with my Pop. After finding a delicious recipe, Sierra and her dad can bond over some kettle corn. At the beginning of the business fair they started out with 40 bags and completely sold out.
Raily Klinefelter of RMK placed for Best Business Potential with her crafty ideas. Raily created sweet treats and scarves.
Anna and Alex Shock wanted to make their dogs feel special, so they created Special Treats for Special Dogs. Along with treats, there are doggy crafts to show animal appreciation.
Trinity Smeltzer created Rice Pals when she was making a dog for her sister, Chloe. Trinity placed for Most Original Idea. The rice pals can act as cooling and heating pads. They can also come in different scents to accompany various tastes.
Audrey Musgrave and Elliette Pulley used their first year at the business fair to create sun catchers, bracelets and sugar scrubs. The sisters worked together to create an artful table of variety.
Lynk Klinefelter placed for Most Original Idea with his business, Life Dips. The wooden pieces are specially aqua dipped to create a one-of-a-kind design along with inspirational quotes to decorate any home.
Paige Cunningham created Slim Inc. where ‘we cover all your slimey needs’. The homemade slime can be used to clean and disinfect computer keyboards with no problem.
Gwen Frank, owner of Gwen’s Trinkets & Things, made authentic greetings cards, homemade jewelry and shells. Gwen was able to dabble in a few different projects to keep a wide variety of skills.
Devin VanLue of Devin’s Decks has been participating at the business fair for four years, coming up with fresh ideas every year. He placed for Best Business Potential with his boat and lake themed idea. Devin cut and painted the signs himself after he noticed that no one was creating any lake based business in the county.
Cade Garden and Annie Ganshorn placed for Best Business Potential with CJG Designs. Cade saw the need and decided to create a business of bags, from satchels to pencil cases because everyone needs help carrying some things.