TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Thanks to the faculty and staff of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Business and Industry (SBI), children across the Big Bend area will get a sweet and refreshing glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship this weekend.
Saturday, June 13, marks the first-ever Lemonade Day in Tallahassee, a national program sponsored by companies like Google for Entrepreneurs and Prepared 4 Life. Lemonade Day serves to teach K-12 students how to start, own, and operate businesses, using the classic lemonade stand model. The event will also be the first to be held in Florida in the program’s eight-year history.
FAMU’s SBI program brought the program to Tallahassee through the help of local sponsors and its Creativity and Innovation Initiative supported by a gift from FAMU alumnus and Microsoft Chair John W. Thompson and his wife, Sandi. The goal of the event is to spark an entrepreneurial spirit in the community and empower youth.
“The University’s and the School of Business and Industry’s commitment to teaching and service is more evident than ever through sponsorship of this effort. Bringing Lemonade Day to Tallahassee, as the state’s first city to do so, demonstrates the foresight, innovation, and commitment to excellence by our leadership,” said LaTanya White, professor of entrepreneurship and management in SBI, who serves as the city director and a key organizer of the event.
Local businesses are working with White to offer “safe stands” for lemonade sales across the Big Bend area. According to White, the goal is to open at least 100 lemonade stands for business on Saturday and engage at least 1,000 youth. Prior to Saturday’s event, student participants will have completed 14 entrepreneurial lessons and fun activities that provide business skills training.
For more information about Tallahassee Lemonade Day, sponsorships, or location information visit www.tallahassee.lemonadeday.org or call 850-361-8870.
About Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day is a free, fun, and experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own, and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 800,000 kids in cities across North America. Lemonade Day was founded by Michael Holthouse, best known in the business world as founder and president of Paranet, Inc., an Inc. Magazine “Entrepreneur of the Year” and a two-time “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company” winner.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is one of the largest single-campus historically Black colleges or universities in the nation. The University blends a strong research focus on economic empowerment and community service.
The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students. Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant university with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics (STREAM).
FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students from diverse backgrounds. FAMU is listed by the U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s top public historically Black college or university (HBCU) for 2015, and was recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report “Best National Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges, as well.
FAMU is also one of the top universities for providing a high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).
For more information about FAMU, visit www.famu.edu.