Buzz Your Business: Lemonade Day

June 26th, 2009 by Sharon Larsen

We’re excited to feature a unique organization today in support of Lemonade Day – encouraging kids to become entrepreneurs.  Hope you enjoy this special Buzz Your Business feaure.

 

Hi everyone!

My name is Esther and I am working with Prepared 4 Life to bring Lemonade Day to the San Francisco Bay Area on May 2, 2010. I’m working with 10 other fabulous team members to bring this program to US cities such as Phoenix, LA, Denver, Twin Cities, Atlanta, Washington DC, DFW, Chicago, Indianapolis, and San Antonio.

Prepared 4 Life’s foremost objective is empowering youth to take ownership of their own lives and become healthy, productive members of society—the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. Held on the first Sunday of May every year since 2007, Lemonade Day offers young people the opportunity to savor the sweet taste of success that comes with setting up, owning and operating their very own lemonade business.

The program has seen phenomenal growth, growing from 2,600 stands in Houston its first year to over 27,000 with 75,000 kids participating in 2009! This past May 3rd, the combined youth of the Greater Houston community sold over two million cups of lemonade and, with their profits; they contributed more than $500,000 to local charities.
      
Lemonade Day’s success hasn’t been limited to just Houston alone. The program recently launched in Austin, Bryan/College Station, Richmond, and Minneapolis.
      
We offer the program free of cost to the kids and schools who wish to integrate the Lemonade Day Program into their curriculum. To achieve this we seek the involvement of the entire community through sponsorship, donations, and most preferably, active involvement in the program itself. I’ve been hard at work researching local area businesses, foundations, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and any and everyone who would want to participate in or contribute to Lemonade Day.
                       
If you are interested or know anyone who you think will be interested in Lemonade Day, I encourage you to e-mail me, check out the Lemonade Day website and watch this video! We are going to launch each new city’s specific site soon so I encourage everyone interested to check frequently as updates will hopefully come quickly. You can also follow me on Twitter or on our team Lemonade Day Blog!
              
I believe all of the stories and tips in Bootstrap Business are important for entrepreneurs starting their own business! My favorite section would have to be Climb High, Sleep Low and this excerpt: “In business you must plan for the difficult times. As you reap the rewards of your hard work, build a financial buffer for your future.”

 

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