When life gives you lemons, teach kids biz skills

A new entrepreneurial education programmed aimed at kids is expanding to Bangor.

Lemonade Day is a national program that teaches kids basic business skills by that most traditional of youthful entrepreneurialism – the lemonade stand. It came to Maine with a Portland program this year, and had more than 800 kids participate.

In a Wednesday release, Lemonade Day Maine Executive Director Kate Krukowski Gooding explained that the program encourages kids to learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community.

Imagine hundreds of lemonade stands throughout Greater Bangor run by Maine’s future entrepreneurs,” said Krukowski Gooding.

The expansion to Bangor is aided by the program’s founding sponsor, Bangor Savings Bank.

Lemonade Day Maine will bring focus to one of Maine’s great strengths, the community of entrepreneurs, young and old, whose energy drives the economy,” said Bangor Savings Bank Senior Vice President Yellow Breen.

Breen will be the spokesperson for “Lemonade Day Maine” this year and Angel Matson has been brought on as director of the Bangor program.

The goal, according to the release, is to expand the program statewide in 2013.

An official event marking the expansion to Bangor is set for November 30 at 5 p.m. at the Sea Dog Brewery in Bangor, with an overview of the program’s mission  to  sponsors, strategic partners and volunteers. 

For more information, Krukowski Gooding can be reached at kate@lemonademaine.rog, and Matson at angel@lemonadedaymaine.org.