Three years ago, the Chamber’s Leadership and Education committee and the Leadership Williston class along with a bunch of individuals and numerous business sponsors brought a national youth entrepreneurship program to the Williston Area. We were the first city in North Dakota to have Lemonade Day – a free community-wide program that teaches our youth how to start, own and operate their own business through the time-tested activity: a lemonade stand!
I remember trying to sell lemonade on my cul-de-sac as a kid. I didn’t get much traffic – perhaps just my 7 neighbors who humored me with a few quarters. I didn’t quite know what I was doing. What’s great about the Lemonade Day program is that it teaches kids…not only important life skills such as setting goals and carrying their plans out to completion. But it also teaches very useful business skills like creating a budget, writing a business plan (considering advertising, location, supplies, etc.), and giving back to the community. The Lemonade Day philosophy of ‘Spend, Save and Share’ is instilled in those participating. The program offers opportunities for families and businesses – the whole community in fact – to foster the kind of foundation our youth need to become successful citizens.
Thanks to free materials and support from local sponsors and various volunteers this has been a successful day and growing two years in a row. In 2015 we had 125 kids registered and about 40 lemonade stands around the Williston area. In 2016 we registered 158 kids and had about 70 lemonade stands around the Williston area. This year, the Chamber is partnering with the Williston Young Professionals to help execute our 3rd Annual Willison Lemonade Day! You may have already gotten a letter asking for your support as a sponsor or business location – please consider being involved in this great educational event. This year also marks the spreading of the program to other North Dakota cities.
I look forward to participating in Lemonade Day this year with my son – and I hope that you will also have a role in making the 3rd Annual Williston Lemonade Day successful – if for nothing less than buying and tasting several glasses of lemonade around town on June 17th and make a kid smile!
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or sponsor please call the Chamber (701-577-6000), Chelsea (714-235-6467) or Jaden (719-659-4750).