About a year ago, Finksburg mom Beth Merz asked her 14-year-old baby sitter what she was doing for the weekend.
When the teenager said she was hanging out with her friends at a local gas station, Merz was surprised.
â€œI was like, â€˜What do you mean?â€™â€ Merz said.
Fed up with the countyâ€™s lack of activities for youth, Merz and mothers Kelly Griffin and Patsy Anderson are organizing an event next year for the countyâ€™s teenagers.
â€œWe felt like there wasnâ€™t enough going on in Carroll County,â€ Merz said.
The women have started Teen Expo Maryland, a for-profit business based in Eldersburg and run out of the womenâ€™s homes.
The one-day Teen Expo will be held in April at the Carroll County Agriculture Center and will feature products, vendors and speakers aimed at the countyâ€™s teen population.
One of the main events will be a Future CEO contest, a competition where the winner will come up with the best business plan. The prizes are business cards, a Web site and a laptop.
Logo from TeenExpoMD.com.