May 10, 2014 11:58 PM by Heather Jackson

Lemonade Day Teaches Kids How to Run a Business

CORPUS CHRISTI - Kids across the city set up shop to participate in Lemonade Day, all to learn the basics of good business.

Mayor Nelda Martinez was impressed by the layout of Leighann's lemonade stand because she knows this little girl, and others like her, are learning more than just how to make lemonade.

"They also understand what it costs to make it, what it costs to buy the inventory, and then they price it, and they understand they can be a little business person," Mayor Martinez says.

For 9-year-old Nokee Brown that's good news because being a business person is all she wants to be.

"I offer cookies, rice krispies treats, pickles, blueberry strawberry lemonade, and pomegranate lemonade, and lemonade, and popcorn, and gumballs," says Nokee Brown, a Lemonade Day Participant.

Nokee had a lot of help from her mother and the non-profit called "Prepared for Life." The organization gives participants a free yellow backpack with tons of business information.

Whiteny says a lot of what it takes to run the business, shocked her daughter like having an investor.

"I am my daughter's investor and she was kind of shocked when I told her. 'Yea you are going to have to pay me this money back, and possibly with interest'," Whitney Brown says.

It may be shocking to some, but it helps prepare kids for the real world.

Whitney says she is glad Lemonade Day is inspiring the little ones to dream big. "It doesn't matter what age you are, you can be an entrepreneur at any age. You don't need to let age or anything limit you," Brown says.

It is a nationwide event and every city participates on different days.


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