Some talented Tulsa kids show off their business Thursday night at the Greenwood Cultural Center, selling all sorts of handmade products.
Coordinators say this moment in Tulsa’s history is so important to inspire young entrepreneurs.
All the business owners in the exhibition are under 18 and show off everything from artwork to soap to candles, even slime.
About 35 children move into the Greenwood Cultural Center, all with innovative companies trying to grow.
“I see a lot of young people doing things like that. I wanted to see what it was all about,” Kavaei Patterson said.
At KP’s Jewelry and Boutique, 11-year-old Kavaei and her brother Chance have all kinds of toys and jewelry that are ready to show. The two have even started their own bank accounts, but Kavaei said his favorite part is “spending time with my family.”
Nine-year-old Maddie Head has handmade soaps and is even donating some of her benefits to charity.
“Most kids can’t do these things and I’m lucky to do that,” Maddie said.
Jayme Broome, coordinator of the Youth Entrepreneur Expo, said this is all about inspiring kids to be entrepreneurs in the spirit of Black Wall Street. He said that with the next centenary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, the timing couldn’t be better.
“Before the massacre, this area was booming,” Broome said. “Greenwood was booming.”
Lucious Clement, 17, uses her graphic design skills to make t-shirts and posters, in honor of Black Wall Street and how it is today.
“I have the mural here, I have some of the old pictures they look at,” Clement said.
Kolbi Lucas, 12, started a card and t-shirt business called Kolbi’s Afro-Mations after noticing the lack of representation.
“I went to the store to look for a card and I realized there weren’t many black girls and women on those letters,” Kolbi said.
Business is booming and all young entrepreneurs say they are just starting out.
“That’s what it’s all about, igniting that spirit and continuing the legacy of Black Wall Street,” Broome said.
This is the first year of the Expo hosted and sponsored by the Greenwood Cultural Center, and this is the plan for the coming years.