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[GOV] Governor and Young Entrepreneurs Celebrate Lemonade Day
Start Date: 5/30/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/30/2014
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Indianapolis– Governor Mike Pence joined young entrepreneurs today at the Statehouse to celebrate Lemonade Day. 

“Visit a lemonade stand anywhere in Indiana, and you’ll meet the next generation of Hoosier entrepreneurs,” said Pence. “Today the spirit of enterprise is on the rise across the state, with Hoosiers dreaming big dreams and never settling in the pursuit of their goals. Lemonade Day allows our young entrepreneurs to enjoy the fruits of their labor, have fun, and learn the business fundamentals necessary to brighten both their futures and, in turn, that of Indiana’s economy.”

Joining the Governor were budding entrepreneurs Chanasia Brown (age 7), Leyla Kpotufe (age 6), Camarrah Mason (age 6), Nathan Walsh (7) and Sam Walsh (age 4). The children set up lemonade stands on the south lawn of the Statehouse and sold more than 300 cups of lemonade and earned $414.14 in sales. Proceeds will benefit the Lemonade Day Seed Fund, which will provide start-up money for kids participating in the event next year. All of today’s Statehouse Lemonade Day entrepreneurs received funds from this year’s Seed Fund.  

The national Lemonade Day program originated four years ago in Houston by Hoosier, Michael Holthouse. The program was designed to teach kids how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. In 2010, Lemonade Day’s inaugural year in Indianapolis, more than 7,400 kids participated; last year, the number rose to 20,000. Indiana is one of 30 states around the country participating in Lemonade Day. 

“I’m excited to say this is our fifth year for Lemonade Day in Indianapolis. It gets more spectacular each year, with 20,000 kids participating last year,” said Scott Jones, chairman of Lemonade Day Indianapolis. “Future entrepreneurs like first-grader Nathan, who sold lemonade today on the Statehouse lawn, are participating year after year, honing their entrepreneurial skills for a very bright future. A few weeks ago, Nathan made a pitch for “start-up funding” for his lemonade stand that rivals many venture capital pitches I've seen from adults. There is no doubt in my mind that we'll be hearing about these kids down the road, doing extraordinary things in our community and beyond.” 

Thousands of young entrepreneurs, ranging in age from pre-school through high school, set up lemonade stands on Saturday, May 17 in local supermarkets, parks, neighborhoods, malls and other locations across the Greater Indianapolis area.  

Photo: Governor Mike Pence talks to young entrepreneurs Leyla Kpotufe, Chanasia Brown and Cammarah Mason about the business skills they are learning from running a lemonade stand. 

About Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day is a national initiative, with more than 30 cities participating across the country. Scott Jones started Lemonade Day in Indianapolis after being approached to spearhead the initiative by entrepreneur and founder Michael Holthouse. Presented by Teachers Credit Union, Ice Miller and ChaCha, Lemonade Day Indianapolis works like this: On Sat., May 18, 2014, kids across the Greater Indianapolis Area set up their lemonade stands, sold lemonade and became lemonade tycoons! In the weeks leading up to Lemonade Day, kids pair up with a “caring adult,” sign up and work together through lesson plans about how to start a lemonade business. Kids get to keep the money they earn on Lemonade Day and are encouraged to “save a little, donate a little and spend a little.” Kids also participate in fun contests and additional learning opportunities along the way. For more information, visit and click on “Indianapolis.”  


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Marion County

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Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317-232-1622
Governor Mike Pence talks to young entrepreneurs Leyla Kpotufe, Chanasia Br
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