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April 10, 2013

Lemons to Lemonade: Celebrate Lemonade Day May 18

State Bank of Lizton helps Boone and Hendricks Counties’ youth become entrepreneurs

Lemonade Day is a free fun entrepreneurial experience: starting, owning, and operating a lemonade stand business.

Entrepreneur and inventor Scott Jones brought Lemonade Day to the Greater Indianapolis area in 2010 and since then more than 30,000 kids have participated — including 15,000 kids last year alone.

“I saw my first Lemonade Day stand three years ago in downtown Indianapolis,” said Rhonda Wiles, Marketing Director at State Bank of Lizton, in a press release. “The little entrepreneur had set her stand next to the Starbucks. She told me all about Lemonade Day and how she was going to pay her parents back for the lemonade loan, save her money, and give some of her profits to the Humane Society. I was hooked. I had to figure out a way that our bank could be a part of this great program.”

Wiles researched the website, contacted Jami Marsh of the Think Forward Foundation, and the push to increase the awareness and participation numbers in Lemonade Day in Hendricks and Boone counties began.

State Bank of Lizton locations are serving as registration and backpack pickup sites in both Hendricks and Boone Counties during regular banking hours. The bank’s employees recently distributed backpacks at the inaugural Hendricks Home Show and plan to register youth and distribute backpacks again at the Boone County Home & Garden Show from 4 to 8 p.m. April 18-20 at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

In each backpack the kids receive two workbooks, an “Entrepreneur’s Workbook” and a “Mentor Guide”. At home the kids work through 14 lessons about how to start, own and operate a lemonade business. Kids also have the opportunity to participate in free workshops and contests (optional) in the Indianapolis area. Participants may choose to apply for their start up capital for their lemonade businesses from Lemonade Day via the new Seed Fund.

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