A well-established national youth entrepreneurship program, Lemonade Day is known for teaching leadership and business skills. This year’s local event, open to students in grades 3-5, was held in May with 40 student stands posted throughout the county. Students competed against each other for the Best Lemonade Stand and Best Tasting Lemonade. Local business and community leaders served as judges, visiting stands throughout the county in order to select first-, second- and third-place awards in both categories.
In partnership with the Cherokee Chamber, the Cherokee County School District identified the three target elementary schools this year — Hickory Flat, Sixes and Woodstock — whose students were encouraged to participate in the entrepreneurship/financial literacy program and stay after school to learn from Chamber staff and business leaders. Discussions were led on topics such as writing a business plan, creating a budget and marketing plan, securing investors and choosing the right location for the lemonade stand.
The winner of the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Competition will be announced this fall after student competitors finalize their business plan results. To learn more, visit www.cherokeechamber.com.