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Arts, Crafts and Other Handmade Products

  • Art work (e.g. pottery, sculpture, paintings & photographs)
  • Hand sewn or made clothing and accessories
  • Custom designed t-shirts

Food Products

  • Candy, snacks and beverage  (e.g. lemonade stand or refreshment stand)
  • Homemade candy
  • Baked Goods (e.g. cookies, cupcakes & cakes)

Miscellaneous Retail Products

  • United Against Malaria Bracelets (social enterprise)


Business/Commercial Services

  • Data entry
  • Desktop or E-Publishing (e.g. design business cards, flyers and resumes)
  • Internet/Social Media Marketing (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Light Janitorial Service
  • Snow removal

Childcare Services

  • Babysitting
  • Children’s Event/Party Planner

Computers and Internet Applications

  • Build Smart Phone applications
    Computer Tutor
  • iHOPE –Youth receive training to build iPhone applications
  • Social Networking site set up and management

Event & Specialty Services

  • Disc Jockey
  • Photographer or Videographer

Educational Services

  • Dance or Music Lessons
  • Tutor (e.g. English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, etc.)
  • Sports Lessons (e.g. basketball, golf, track, tennis, etc.)

Home Services

  • Lawn Care (e.g. clean out flower beds, grass cutting, edging, etc.)
  • Leaf and/or snow removal
  • Bulk Item Cleaning – basements, attics, or garages
  • Closet Organizer
  • Window cleaning

Personal Services

  • Car cleaning/detailing
  • Errands/Delivery (students 18 and older)
  • Hair stylist/braider/barber
  • Make-up Artist
  • Personal Fitness Trainer (students 18 and older)

Pet Care

  • Aquarium Maintenance
  • Dog clean up/ Dog walking
  • Pet sitting