Lemonade Day Monroe County, Planting Entrepreneurship in Kids

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On March 2, 2024, something exciting happened at College Mall in Bloomington, Indiana. Lemonade Day Monroe County began, and this event is all about getting kids interested in starting their own businesses. It’s a big deal for the community and gives these young folks a chance to learn real business skills.


A Fresh Beginning in Business

Lemonade Day started back in 2007 when a guy named Michael Holthouse came up with it. Now, it’s a big thing all over the country where kids get to try their hand at running a business. In Monroe County, the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington and The Mill have been part of this for thirteen years. They’ve been key players in helping kids here get a taste of what it’s like to start and run their own business.

The big kickoff was between 11 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon at the College Mall was the first step for signing up for the big event on June 22. It was a lively day, full of helpful info booths, and everyone could take pictures with Lemmy, the Lemonade Day mascot. This added some fun to the learning activity.


Cultivating Young Business Minds

Lemonade Day is all about teaching kids how to start and run a business. They learn everything from making a business plan to actually selling something. The program teaches important skills like handling money, dealing with customers, and creating a product. It prepares them to understand every part of running a business.

Ashley Wesley, who used to run Lemonade Day in the city, talked about how the program helps make kids tough and sure of themselves. She said that learning how to make a business helps them believe in themselves a lot.

It teaches them about how to get along with others, talk well it really makes them stronger and more determined.


A Community Effort

Laura Blaker, now in charge of the city, highlighted the big effect of the program. She pointed out that lots of kids who’ve been in it before can’t wait to come back and start their own lemonade business again. You can feel the whole town’s support, news articles and online posts are always sharing where you can find lemonade stands right before the event starts. They’re all about getting everyone to come out and help these young business owners.

On top of that, there’s something called “Lemonade Day University” happening soon at The Mill, on June 1. This event will have an open house with lots of learning spots. It’s there to give kids even more knowhow about running a business, so they’ll do great on Lemonade Day.


Empowering the Next Generation

Kristina Hobbs Ragan is one of the excited parents signing up her family for the event. She’s seen with her own eyes what good stuff comes out of it for kids.

Impact of Lemonade Day on Her Daughter

“My daughter gained a ton of confidence from participating in Lemonade Day,” Hobbs Ragan noted, pointing out the sense of empowerment that kids feel when they run their own business.

This feeling is at the heart of Lemonade Day Monroe County. The program isn’t only about selling drinks. it’s about giving young people the confidence, abilities, and knowhow they need to chase their ambitions. It’s also a celebration of both the eagerness of the young and the constant support offered by the community to help them grow.


Looking Forward

Monroe County is buzzing with enthusiasm as it prepares for the next Lemonade Day. The aim is to sign up 300 kids for the event in June, hoping to build on last year’s historic high of 755 registrants. This commitment underscores the community’s intention to instill entrepreneurial spirit in its youngsters.

Lemonade Day Monroe County stands as more than a one-day event. it’s the beginning stages of fostering a supportive environment for future business leaders.

Create a Nurture Space for Future Leaders

An environment that supports young people is crucial as they discover, absorb knowledge, and develop into the next generation of business innovators. Lemonade Day is about applauding entrepreneurial drive, savoring the delight found in youth, and enjoying the flavor of triumph, all through the simple act of selling lemonade.

Celina Brooks https://www.southcountymail.com

Celina Brooks from Mussoorie is a Writer & Researcher. She earned her Engineering degree in IT from Rutgers University. She is a technology enthusiast but loves writing and talking about local news as well. She is a jolly person with 2 children.

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