"Be your own boss" is the catchphrase of a business program for kids in Santa Maria called Junior CEO.
The six-week course, presented by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, teaches kids the basics of starting their own business.
The theme this year is opening a business selling strawberry-themed desserts.
Fifth-grader Cruz Zarate is selling flavored dog treats.
"I feel cool because it's really cool that kids like me get the opportunity to set up a business," Cruz said.
This Saturday, April 30, the students will open their own dessert stands at the Santa Maria Town Center mall and sell their products to the public.