Lemonade Day Student Entrepreneurship Program was a success

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the results of the 2023 Lemonade Day Cherokee County, a well-established global national youth entrepreneurship program. Lemonade Day is known around the globe for teaching leadership and business skills by encouraging students to launch a lemonade business in their community. Since 2007, more than 1 million students have learned about business ownership by participating in Lemonade Day.

This year’s local event, open to third-fifth graders, was held on May 6th with 40 student stands posted throughout the county on the Lemonade Day Cherokee County Map. Students competed against each other for the Best Lemonade Stand along with Best Tasting Lemonade. Local business and community leaders served as judges, visiting the various stands throughout the county to evaluate the stands and taste the many varieties of lemonade.   First, second, and third place awards were presented in both categories. Placing first for Best Lemonade Stand was Anna Grace’s Lemon Shine Lemonade, followed by second place winner Eli’s Hero Lemonade, and the third-place winner, Cool Breeze Lemonade.  In the Best Tasting Lemonade competition, first place went to Parker Ryleigh’s Lemonade Stand, followed by Lemonade Factory in second place with Mario’s Lemonade placing third.  The winner of the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Competition, sponsored by First Horizon Bank, will be announced this fall as the student competitors are currently finalizing their business plan results for review by a panel of judges.

The Chamber appreciates the involvement by the Cherokee County School District who partnered with the Chamber to identify three target elementary schools whose students were encouraged to participate in this entrepreneurship/financial literacy program.  Students at Hickory Flat, Sixes and Woodstock Elementary Schools stayed after school four times over the course of a month to learn from Chamber Staff and business leaders. Discussions were lead on topics such as writing a business plan, creating a budget and marketing plan, securing investors, as well as the importance of choosing the right location for the lemonade stand.

The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber of Commerce, is to promote business to expand the economy and enrich the community.  To learn more about the Chamber and its programs, visit CherokeeChamber.com.