Buy some lemonade Sunday, support ME’s kid-repreneurs!

Mainers should spend Saturday eating salty snacks.

Why?

Because Sunday is Lemonade Day, and everyone should be good and parched and ready to support Maine’s youngest entrepreneurs!

From noon to 3 p.m. in most places, youngsters taking part in the second annual Lemonade Day will be out plying their wares,and learning a bit about supply chains, marketing, customer service, profit margins, seed capital and other core elements of business. They’ll also be learning a bit about the fickleness of Mother Nature – the weather’s supposed to be a bit rainy. But, as we say in the County, at least it’s not snow!

If really torrential rain is coming down, you can check with the interactive map. If a date other than June 3 is listed, the kid-trepreneurs have picked a different sales day due to the rain. If no date is listed, they are still selling on Sunday.

According to organizers, there are between 1,100 and 1,300 young people across the state looking to participate in Lemonade Day this year. It’s a free event that teaches kids how to start, own and operate a business, and they have a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship.

It began last year in Maine in the Portland area, and was expanded statewide through funding by Bangor Savings Bank (the bank actually gave each kid $5 in seed money!). But if you look at the (very cool) interactive map, while most stands are clustered around Portland and Bangor, there’s stands planned for all over the state, from Skowhegan to the Midcoast and Downeast, York to Monticello.

The map truly is a great feature – allowing you to plan out your citrus circuit. Personally, I’ll be hitting Bella & Joseph’s LemonadeLAND at Brighton Ave. They’re near my house, offer face-painting (I’m thinking Spider Man) and a portion of their sales go to the Hall Elementary School, where my kids go!

Each of the youths participating are supporting a charity, said Kate Krukowski Gooding, the executive director of Lemonade Day Maine. The basic tenant of the day is “spend, save, share.” Spend money on your supplies, make a profit so you can save money, and share your profits with the community.

It’s a great concept.

The first youth she signed up last year raised $500, and gave it all to charity, Krukowski Gooding said.

There’s great options all over the state. Mairead’s Orange Lemonade stand in York is at 2 Moulton Ave., and half of the profits will got to the York Food Pantry. Sweet-n-Tangy Lemonade in Monticello is putting all proceeds toward the town’s Veteran’ Memorial. In Portland, A Company of Girls is selling “Rockin’ Lemonade” at the Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard.

How cool is that?!?!

The program really taps into the entrepreneurial spirit that many kids have – and the spirit that is reinforced in a state like Maine, where so many of its residents own or work for a small business.

“Kids are looking for something else to do – they like the idea that they can make money,” said Krukowski Gooding.

But, she added, they’re really inspired by the help they can provide groups in the community.

 

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