Merchants of the Future Invited to Participate in Central Mall’s “Kids, Inc.” Program

Monday, June 24 at 11:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Youth in the Fort Smith, Ark., area are encouraged to demonstrate retail entrepreneurship by participating in the "Kids, Inc." program. Winners will be able to set up their business in the Central Mall in Fort Smith, Ark., for a one-day "business showcase." Arvest Bank is dedicated to supporting children in our community and entrepreneurship and proudly sponsors this event.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — In an effort to promote retail entrepreneurism among today’s youth, Central Mall is inviting kids ranging from six to 15-years old to participate in the “Kids, Inc.” program sponsored by Arvest Bank. The program is being hosted at select Jones Lang LaSalle-managed shopping centers throughout the U.S.

Winning Kids, Inc. participants will have the opportunity to set up shop at Central Mall to learn about business, make money, and most of all, have fun. Participants may create something from scratch, offer a service or resell a product purchased from a wholesaler. Businesses are expected to have minimal parental involvement.

To qualify for the in-center event, kids will submit their business plans via Central Mall’s Facebook page by July 2nd. Children 12 and under will need a parent or guardian to submit their entry. The shopping center’s Facebook fans will vote for their favorite business ideas between July 3 through July 11. Based on the highest number of votes, five to ten winners will be invited to a one-day “business showcase” where they can sell their products or services to customers and keep their earnings.

“We are excited to put kids in business and offer this opportunity to budding retail entrepreneurs,” said Teresa Richards, Marketing Manager. “Allowing kids to sell their products or services in a retail environment will give them a real taste of what it takes to run a business. We’re looking forward to hosting these ‘merchants of the future’.”
To learn more about the program, please visit

About Central Mall
Central Mall is located at 5111 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith, AR and managed by Jones Lang LaSalle. The shopping center features Dillard’s, Dillard’s Men, JC Penney and Sears, along with over 90 fine shops and eateries. Shopping hours are Monday through Saturday: 10am to 9pm, and Sunday: 1230pm to 6pm. For more information on Central Mall and how they meet the expanding needs of investors and occupiers of real estate, visit*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith
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