Program encourages youth to demonstrate retail entrepreneurship


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (June 4, 2013) — In an effort to promote retail entrepreneurism among today’s youth, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is inviting children ranging in age from six to 15-years to participate in the “Kids, Inc.” program.  This 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 The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale to learn about business, make money and most of all, to 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 The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s Facebook page between June 3 and June 24.  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 June 25 and July 11. Based on the highest number of votes, 15 winners will be invited to a one-day “business showcase” on Saturday, July 27where 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 Melissa Milroy, Senior 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’.”

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About The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as one of South Florida’s premier shopping destinations for its sophisticated level of merchandising and ambiance, is the largest and most upscale regional mall in Broward County. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s anchor the popular center, which also features 100 specialty stores including Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Cole Haan, Guess, J. Crew and Pottery Barn. It is also home to Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and a fine roster of dining establishments such as Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, P.F. Chang’s and Blue Martini. Just steps away from Fort Lauderdale’s world famous beach, it is located at 2414 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale and is close to downtown, hotels, resorts, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center with easy access from Sunrise Boulevard, U.S. Highway 1 (Federal Highway), Interstate 95, Interstate 595, and U.S. Highway A1A (Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard).   It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun. Restaurants enjoy later hours. More information is available by calling (954) 564-1036 or at


About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle offers comprehensive retail services to meet the expanding needs of investors and occupiers of real estate.  Our full array of retail services includes property management, agency leasing, local and national tenant representation, corporate transaction management, specialty leasing, marketing, research, financial reporting, development, project management, tenant coordination, capital markets, receivership and due diligence.  As the leading retail service provider, Jones Lang LaSalle manages a portfolio of 94 million square feet of retail centers within the United States and delivers service offerings to 80+ retailers – locally and nationally.  We serve a diverse client base and our portfolio is comprised of a broad range of retail properties including regional malls, lifestyle centers, grocery-anchored centers, power centers, central business districts, transportation facilities and mixed-use projects.  For more information on Jones Lang LaSalle Retail, visit

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