I am an entrepreneur. I absolutely LOVE IT. Most people think that people who “run their own business” are ones who refuse to have bosses, or they want to create their own schedule, or even worse, can’t work with anyone else in a corporate setting or organization. Those are SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH! In fact, successful entrepreneurs often need high level of organization, customer service, and product satisfaction to be successful, and a great way to learn these things is the participate in Lemonade Day May 7th!
I was introduced to business ownership through my family; both my paternal and maternal grandparents had businesses that supported their families and served their communities. My mother’s father owned the country grocery store while my dad’s grandfather ran the town’s pool hall and convenience store. Though these aren’t the “sexy” jobs that we see popularized by television or business school case studies, these businesses provided foundation on a quality of life that allowed my parents to not only survive, but to gain a quality education and meet/network with people from all over the region. Being owner of businesses like these also afforded opportunities to stay engaged civically, politically, and allowed those owners to have the flexibility to contribute to society, even during work hours. As I grew up I gravitated toward this life style as I see the importance of not only “getting a paycheck” but having the flexibility to contribute to society through volunteerism and outreach.
One example of a great outreach is Lemonade Day (www.lemonadeday.org); this day allows adults to educate all types of children the essentials in earning a profit by selling a product everyone loves and can’t get enough of; Delicious Lemonade! Participating in this day not only allows you to create this great product, but gives people a chance to build relationships with our future; informing our youth of the importance of their schoolwork and how that relates to “the real world”. You build a rapport with kids who thirst for your attention, as they will soak up every bit of information you give them. It’s vital for the future health of our economy and culture.
So how do I sign up?:
- Go online to dallas.lemonadeday.org and register for the FREE materials
- Work through the program-learn to set goals and plan your business
- Open your business (or help someone) on Lemonade Day, May 7th ,2016
- If you have any other questions, please contact Tiffany Rubi, the City Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a plethora of ways you can give back to enhance this day. Select how you desire to contribute and help a life. Trust me, as a product of a group of people that supported me as a youth, they’ll never forget it!