We are pleased to bring back the Young Entrepreneurs program again this year! This is a great way to celebrate and encourage the entrepreneurship of the many talented homeschooled students in our state. A variety of homeschooled students and graduates age 11-24 will have a booth at this year’s AFHE Convention.
The Young Entrepreneurs section is located just inside the entrance of the Exhibit Hall to the left. Be sure to stop by and check out the quality products and services offered by these industrious students and graduates.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below we have highlighted some of the most commonly asked questions. You will find booth pricing information, booth space details, exhibitor guidelines, and more in the 2018 YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR INFORMATION PACKET.
APPLICATION CLOSED: As of April 28, 2018 we have sold out all of the Young Entrepreneur booth spaces. Thank you for your interest!
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR INFORMATION PACKET
The AFHE Young Entrepreneurs program is an opportunity for Arizona homeschooled students and graduates ages 11-24 to have booth space at the AFHE Convention to display, promote, and sell products they have created, built, or developed themselves or services they offer utilizing their own skills.
Young Entrepreneurs must be able to staff their booth during all exhibit hall hours. Please read through the Young Entrepreneurs Information Packet prior to completing an application.Young Entrepreneurs Information Packet
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
Students who are currently being taught at home by their parents in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes §15-802* are invited to participate in the AFHE Young Entrepreneurs program. Students must be a minimum age of 11 by July 12, 2018. Homeschool graduates who are age 24 or younger are also invited to participate.
*ARS §15-802 defines a homeschool as “a nonpublic school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian, or other person who has custody of the child or nonpublic instruction provided in the child’s home.” Students enrolled in a public school, private school, charter school, or virtual charter school are ineligible to participate as Young Entrepreneurs at the AFHE Convention.
Although ESA contract students taught at home are a different student classification of student in Arizona state law and are not classified as homeschoolers, AFHE will permit an ESA (Empowerment Scholarship Account) Contract Student who is being taught at home to participate as long as they identify themselves as an ESA contract student in the application and if space is available.
Young Entrepreneur businesses must be owned, managed, and operated by homeschool students or graduates only. Businesses owned and operated or directed by parents or others with assistance from students are not eligible. In addition, multi-level marketing, distributorship, franchise-model businesses, or businesses where students are reselling someone else’s products are not permitted.
There are a limited number of Young Entrepreneur booths available and each entrepreneur is limited to one full booth or one half booth. Until you receive confirmation of approval and submit your payment, your booth is not guaranteed. Payment is due no later than May 9, 2018 to be included in the convention program. If space is still available, additional applications will be accepted after April 27, but will not be listed in the convention program due to the publishing/printing schedule.
Participation is by invitation and space is limited. AFHE reserves the right to decline a Young Entrepreneur application without further comment.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?
The application deadline to be included in the convention program is April 27, 2018
If space is still available after the April 27 deadline, we will accept additional applications, but late applicants will not be able to be included in the convention program.
WHEN IS MY PAYMENT DUE?
Payment deadline is May 9, 2018 to be included in the convention program.
If space is still available after the May 9 payment deadline, we will accept additional applications, but late applicants will not be able to be included in the convention program.
We accept payment by check or credit card. Once an application is reviewed and approved, the Young Entrepreneur will receive an invoice with payment instructions.
CAN MY SIBLING OR A FRIEND HELP AT MY BOOTH?
Yes! You can have your brother or sister or a friend help at your booth. Your Y.E. application includes one Y.E. badge for you to use. You will have the opportunity to add extra Y.E. badges to your Young Entrepreneur application for $10 each. These are only to be used by homeschooled youth and graduates. You can also have siblings or friends who are already registered for the convention assist you at your booth without having to order additional badges. They can wear their convention name badge and help in your booth.
All individuals must be registered for the convention or have a paid-for exhibitor or young entrepreneur badge to be in the exhibit hall.
Adults must register through normal AFHE Convention registration procedures. Free admission to the convention is not included for parents or siblings of Young Entrepreneurs.
DO MY PARENTS HAVE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION?
All individuals must be registered for the convention or have a paid-for exhibitor badge or Young Entrepreneur badge* to attend the convention and enter the exhibit hall.
Your parents are welcome to assist at your booth as well, but they need to register for the convention through the regular registration form. Free admission to the convention is not included for parents or siblings of Young Entrepreneurs. A parent or other designated adult must be registered for the AFHE Convention and be on-site throughout the weekend for Young Entrepreneurs that are under age 18. AFHE does not assume responsibility for the well-being and safety of children or teens at this event.
*Young Entrepreneur badges are only available for youth and graduates working as booth representatives for a registered Young Entrepreneur.
WHEN CAN I SET UP MY BOOTH?
Young Entrepreneur booth set up will be Thursday, July 12 between 3:00 and 6:00 pm or Friday, July 13 between 7:30 and 9:00 AM.
Load-in instructions will be provided a couple of weeks before the AFHE Convention.
We encourage Young Entrepreneurs to park in a nearby downtown Phoenix parking garage and carry your items in. You can pull up to the short-term loading area in front of the Phoenix Convention Center South Building on 3rd Street, unload your items, and go park. Then check in and set up your booth. Vehicles can only be in the loading area for a few minutes.
If you have a large quantity of items to bring in, you will be given instructions for going through the staging area in the East Garage and driving up onto the dock. With the number of exhibitors we have using the dock, it is best for Young Entrepreneurs to use this option only if absolutely necessary.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE TEEN PROGRAM AND BE A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR?
Young Entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to focus on participating as an exhibitor and forgo participation in the Teen Program this year. Your booth must be staffed from 10:00 am – 6:30 pm Friday and 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday.
If you have a parent or friend who will staff your booth for you so you can enjoy a portion of the Teen Program, contact email@example.com for instructions on how to register as there is an additional fee for the Teen Program.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO LEAVE EARLY?
When you sign up as a Young Entrepreneur, you are making a commitment and agreeing to follow the guidelines for participation. Early departure is not permitted. Your booth must be staffed from 10:00 am – 6:30 pm Friday and 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday. Empty/abandoned booths create a void that can have a negative impact on your neighboring exhibitors. Please consider the time commitment carefully before applying and make sure you are able to fully commit and follow through.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Email Nancy Manos, AFHE Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-235-2673 ext. 3