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. Homeschooled students age 12-23 who have an entrepreneurial spirit and a quality product or service to sell are invited to apply.
All young entrepreneur booths for this year have been sold.
Arizona homeschool students and graduates ages 12-23 are invited to apply for booth space in the Young Entrepreneur section of the exhibit hall at the 2017 AFHE Convention.
Read the Young Entrepreneurs Info. Packet before completing the application. We will review your application, and if it fits our criteria, we will send you an approval email with payment instructions.
We have rearranged the exhibit hall for 2017 to better address AV needs for exhibitor workshops and to increase visibility and shopper traffic for Young Entrepreneur booths.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 12 by July 7, 2017. Homeschool graduates with their own businesses who are age 23 or younger are also invited 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, as a test this year, AFHE will permit an ESA 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. Businesses owned and operated or directed by parents with assistance from students are not eligible. 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 5 to be included in the convention program. If space is still available, additional applications will be accepted after April 12, but will not be listed in the convention program due to the publishing/printing schedule.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?
The application deadline to be included in the convention program is April 12, 2017.
If space is still available after the April 12 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 5, 2017 to be included in the convention program.
If space is still available after the May 5 payment deadline, we will accept additional applications, but late applicants will not be able to be included in the convention program.
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.
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.
We encourage parents to attend the convention. They are welcome to assist at your booth as well, but they need to register for the convention through the regular registration form. Young Entrepreneur registration does not include family registration for the convention.
*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 6 between 3:00 and 6:00 pm or Friday, July 7 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 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday. Even if you split the exhibitor hours with a friend or two, you still won’t be able to enjoy all of 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 9:00 am – 5:00 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?
Contact Mr. JB Files, Y.E. Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-463-4537