Girls from across the area, ages 7 to 17—from private, public, and home schools—will stretch their entrepreneurial muscles at the MBD: Girls Edition Holiday Marketplace on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
The entire event is devoted to providing a place where girls can sell their goods and services to the community. To help #girlpreneurs prepare for the marketplace, the Chattanooga Public Library held three free workshops on branding, salesmanship, booth setup, and more.
Shoppers can visit more than 60 booths loaded with gifts for everyone on their holiday shopping list. The first to arrive will get a free swag bag to help hold their purchases, and everyone can register to win one of many door prizes offered plus enjoy holiday activities such as decorating cookies (from 1-3:30 p.m.), judging the Middle School gingerbread house competition (12-4 p.m.), watching holiday movies, and more.
A gift-wrap station—staffed by GPS LaunchX entrepreneur club—will accept donations for their services, and two food trucks—Chick-N-Nooga and Off the Grill—will sell options for lunch.
Thanks to sponsorships from Suntrust and RJ Young, no booth fee was charged to any girl to participates, and many other generous businesses offered items for door prizes.
Brought to the community in partnership with Public Education Foundation and Co.Lab, MBD: Girl Edition is powered by Girls Preparatory School, where everything begins and ends with what is best for girls.