On Sunday, May 1, downtown Corvallis will be hosting its first annual Lemonade Day, presented by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. A program that teaches youth entrepreneurial skills necessary for owning and operating a small business, Lemonade Day was formally launched in 2007 by entrepreneur Michael Holthouse of Houston, Texas.
Holthouse observed how beneficial it would be for youth to understand and gain entrepreneurial skills after helping his daughter with her own lemonade stand. Since its launch, Lemonade Day has spread across the country and to cities in both Canada and South Africa, and more than 800,000 youth have participated.
Youth who participate receive a backpack and an entrepreneurial workbook that is completed with a parent, youth organization leader, or mentor. The workbook teaches 14 different lessons that include goal setting, planning, budgeting, advertising, customer service, and making spending decisions. Not only do children learn the steps in starting a business, but they gain confidence and skills for their futures.
Lemonade Day is on Sunday, May 1, starting at 10 a.m. For more information or to find out where stands will be located, visit www.corvallischamber.com or search for “Lemonade Day in Corvallis” on Facebook.
By Kara Beu