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March 21, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Young entrepreneurs frequently start by opening a lemonade stand

Texas-based non-profit Lemonade Day is focused on helping "prepare youth for life through fun, proactive, and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship."

You’ve no doubt heard that running a lemonade stand as a child could spur an individual’s entrepreneurial interests later in life, but did you know that there is an organization focused on that possibility?

Lemonade Day is the Houston, TX-based non-profit that has engaged more than 1.5 million kinds in 90 communities across three countries. The organization describes its mission as helping “prepare youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. The foremost objective is to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow.”

There are two Middle Tennessee affiliates in Manchester and Pulaski.

According to this news release, Lemonade Day offers the program for free to all participants via three options:

  • The City Franchise Model involves licensing fees for an exclusive city-wide program that range from $2,500 to $25,000 based on city population size and include unlimited access to the My Lemonade Day app plus other training benefits and resources offered year-round through the Lemonade Day National organization;
  • The Little Lemmy Model where the fees for a non-exclusive program package range from $250 to $3,500 based on group size and includes a specific number of registrations to the My Lemonade Day app with limited resources provided by Lemonade Day National; and
  • The Direct Model is where parents can access the My Lemonade Day app through a sponsorship with the Raising Canes restaurant chain.

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