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Thousands of Young Entrepreneurs to Take Part in "Lemonade Day"

5/17/2013


Morgan Wide (left) and Laila Johnson, 7, serve up lemonade outside the statehouse. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

20,000 kids will set up old-fashioned lemonade stands in the Indianapolis area and seven other communities across Indiana, for the fourth annual "Lemonade Day."

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A Houston tech-company founder launched Lemonade Day in 2007 to give kids a firsthand view of the basics of business. Indy's Scott Jones, creator of the ChaCha search engine, started Indy's version in 2010. He says it's a way to introduce kids to what it's like to start a business from scratch.

Two stands set up shop on the statehouse lawn Friday to give passersby a preview of Saturday's event, with Jones, Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence buying a few cups to get them started. On Saturday, lemonade stands will pop up across the Indianapolis area, from Anderson to Martinsville.

City parks in Indianapolis and Fishers are hosting lemonade stands, as are several Simon Malls, Kroger supermarkets, and the Monon Trail. Hours vary at different locations.

Bloomington, Elkhart, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Richmond and Terre Haute are also taking part.

Besides Indiana, 12 states, the District of Columbia and one Canadian province are holding Lemonade Day.

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