While many New Mexicans have been scrambling for last minute gifts, young female entrepreneurs have been hard at work preparing for their big business break. This Saturday, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails will open their doors for the first ever Holiday Entrepreneur Craft Fair, featuring unique, hand-made items made by Girl Scouts in 4th through 12th grade.
“Roughly 65% of girls who can see themselves running their own business one day believe that their gender will be a stumbling block,” said Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails CEO, Rebecca Latham. “It’s very important that girls be given opportunities at an early age to grow their confidence and become successful in a business leadership role.”
Some of the items that will be for sale at the Holiday Entrepreneur Craft Fair include hot cocoa bombs, duct tape wallets, pet scarves, holiday ornaments, wreaths, nature-inspired calendars, candles, soaps, and jewelry. Each booth will feature hand-made items created by New Mexico Girl Scouts and volunteers, and 100% of the proceeds stay with the entrepreneurs themselves.
“We really hope that people will stop by the craft fair to show the girls that their work is valued and that there is a place for them in business,” said Latham. “All the products they will be selling reflect their own individual personalities, and our community can do a lot of good by supporting these Girl Scouts and their startup businesses.”
Nationwide, women remain underrepresented in leadership roles. Only 5% of CEOs and 12% of other top executives in the S&P 500 are women. And a meager 20% of start-ups are founded by women, who are less likely to receive capital investment or to pursue entrepreneurship than men. Yet studies show that femalefounded start-ups generate more revenue over time and more revenue per dollar invested than male-founded start-ups.
The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Holiday Entrepreneur Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, December 18, from 9 am – 3 pm at 4000 Jefferson Plaza NE in Albuquerque. There will be a snack bar and free holiday craft activity for kids. Booths will take cash only.