Turning lemonade into leadership

Our opinion
December 3, 2011

Lemonade stands aren’t often the subject of editorials in The Herald-Times, or the source for stories of lives transformed by entrepreneurial effort.

But that is exactly what was shared at Thursday night’s local kickoff of a program that gives kids a chance to learn how small businesses are created.

Lemonade Day began in Houston, Texas, in 2007, and now has spread to 31 cities, including Bloomington. Participants receive instruction in basic free-market principles such as supply and demand and return on investment. Just as importantly, they learn about goal setting, philanthropy, teamwork, personal responsibility and other life skills that will serve them well, whether their careers are spent in the boardroom or on the shop room floor.

A number of local organizations are supporting the program, but principal sponsors are the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech, the city of Bloomington and the Boys and Girls Club.

We’ll be writing more about the program as it unfolds, culminating in Bloomington Lemonade Day next May 19. Learn more now at www.lemonadeday.com or by emailing bl-lemonade-day@lists.ivytech.edu.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2011

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.