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Alaska Lemonade Day — it’s a thing in the 49th State

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Who knew? Alaska has an Alaska Lemonade Day, as demonstrated by Macie Miller, one busy entrepreneur today in Wasilla. Miller is selling the favorite summertime refreshment at Wasilla Lake and keeping alive a long tradition of young entrepreneurs.

As part of a program of the Alaska Small Business Development Center, and in partnership with the UAA Business Enterprise Institute, Lemonade Day Alaska is an annual Alaskan experiential event that teaches K-12 children how to plan and launch their own business through a tried and true method: A lemonade stand.

Since 2011, more than 18,000 kids in over 70 Alaska communities have sold over $5 million worth of lemonade, the program reports. National Lemonade Day comes later in August in hotter parts of the country, but for Alaska, mid-summer is a winning time.

For more information about lemonade stands across the state today, visit lemonadeday.org/alaska.

Support young business leaders by patronizing their lemonade stands, wherever fine lemonade is sold.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • My daughter participated in Lemonade Day in Nome around 2010. She was 10 yrs. old then. Seems like it was end of may then. Anyway, it was a cold day and we changed the stand to hot chocolate and cookies. She did well.

  • My 12year old and her friend had a successful day selling lemonade today.
    They learned key elements of sales, gross and net profit. Also by giving 25% of net to a children’s charity. Her idea. So proud of the two of them. Thank you for all who supported this cause not funded by government or local taxes. The future who will be burdened by this ginormous debt we will give them.
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  • How much did their parents put out? Or how much does a child earn after paying their inventory bill to their parents for providing the supplies?
    Hahaha
    Sounds a lot like that Anchorage Assembly thing they are starting up for BIPOC peoples provide a plan for a business while someone else funds it without payback.
    How are We training our kids?

    I’d rather see Alaskan kids developing a talent like turtoring cause they are excellent in academics (thanks to their parents), or do some art and craft like beading, soap making, baking, knitting that it they are good can reap higher returns to replenish their supplies without dipping into anyone else’s wallet except taking out a loan from their parent for start-up costs.

  • I’m kind of surprised that the safety-Nazis in the Anchorage Health Dept. have not summarily opposed and fought against kid’s lemonade stands as an “imminent threat to public health”, just as they did their best to oppose, harass, and shut down every cottage foods business within the Municipality of Anchorage a few years ago.

  • Hi Jen
    We loaned them $30 for supplies and a table. They made $120 including tips.
    Repaid the $30 and took out $27 for Saint Jude children’s hospital. So $63 net. Reinvested and will try again after learning valuable lessons. OK.

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